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'Deltacron' variant: 5 things to know as experts downplay danger

Early signs suggest scarily nicknamed COVID hybrid unlikely to pose unique risk

COVID-19 testing near Rennes, France: The country is one of a handful of European states to have detected cases of a hybrid variant combining delta and omicron.   © Reuters

MEXICO CITY -- Another new coronavirus variant has popped up on the radar. Unnervingly nicknamed "deltacron," the strain is a hybrid of the delta and omicron variants that have caused huge waves of infection around the globe.

Experts, however, stress the variant does not necessarily pose any additional threat. While researchers are still looking into its characteristics, the prevailing view is that it is something to watch, not a reason to panic.

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