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Urgent Deltacron warning as doctors fears new more dangerous variant

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The new strain, a mix of the Delta and Omicron variants has already seen around 30 cases reported in Britain. Medical experts and scientists are now warning the severity of Delta combined with the infectiousness of Omicron could be an issue, but also credit a growing immunity to the virus as a positive.

The origins of the new variant are believed to have appeared in France where an elderly male was tested and found to have different virus patterns to previous examples.

The findings were reported by the Institute Pasteur in Paris.

Results indicated most of the genetic patterns of the sample matched those displayed by the Delta variant.

However, some of the so-called spike proteins, the part of the virus used to enter cells inside the body, showed signs of the Omicron version.

The new strain appears to have already spread across several European countries.

Over 60 cases of the mutated variant have now been reported in France, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States.

Even more concerning is the notion Deltacron has its own variations within.

Scientists at the Institute Pasteur have hinted the strains found in the UK and the US appear to have slightly different coding to those found in Europe.

The researchers have suggested adding a number to each strain to separate and identify them individually.

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There is also another strain known as the “stealth variant”.

The better known of the two variants, this is a direct sub-lineage of Omicron also known as BA.2 (Omicron was BA.1) and first discovered in the UK in December.

The UKHSA currently labels it a “variant under investigation” rather than a variant of concern.

But sometimes one does survive, and that appears to be what’s happened with Deltacron.

Writing about the new strain on Twitter, Professor Adrian Esterman, a former World Health Organisation epidemiologist said: “The basic reproduction number…for BA.2 is about 12.

“This makes it pretty close to measles, the most contagious disease we know about.”

Although figures are relatively low for the Deltacron variant, the more widely known Stealth Omicron paints a different picture.

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In England, it is said to have accounted for 57 percent of the 27,000 new cases recorded in the final week of February, while in the US it is thought to make up 23.1 percent of all cases.

Surges in China, Hong Kong and South Korea, where there is far less natural immunity, are thought to be down to both the original Omicron and Stealth.

Doctors warn just by sheer force of numbers and greater transmissibility ultimately means more serious infections and more deaths.

In Britain, case numbers have risen by more than half a million in the last week, yet, very few of the cases are being referred to hospitals.

It remains unclear as to whether the surge in cases is directly related to the new variant, or due to the easing of restrictions across the country.

Britain has now scrapped many restrictions, including testing and isolation when arriving from abroad, as well as passenger locator forms.

Of the 20.4 million reported cases of coronavirus in Britain, around 164,000 have led to death.

141 million vaccines have been given in the UK, with 73.4 percent of the population fully vaccinated.



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Ruud van Nistelrooy makes next job decision as Man Utd plan coaching appointment

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That decision failed to pay off, however, with the Red Devils sacking Moyes after just 10 months in charge.

After the current West Ham boss came Van Gaal, who arrived with big things expected due to his past success at the likes of Barcelona and Ajax.

Giggs was hoping to get the Red Devils job himself, which was why he stayed, but both ended up leaving nearly six years ago.

When Jose Mourinho took over, he opted to maintain his close relationship with Rui Faria – who had previously worked under him at clubs such as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Fair departed in the summer of 2018, though, with Michael Carrick then given a place on Mourinho’s bench.

Carrick stayed to work under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the Norwegian also regularly picking up the thoughts of Phelan and Kieran McKenna throughout his spell in the dugout.

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High cholesterol: Blood pressure drug linked to significant reduction in good cholesterol

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“Though they’re commonly used to treat different forms of heart disease, beta-blockers can significantly reduce HDL levels.”

Among the beta-blockers that cause this are Corgard (nadolol), Inderal (propranolol), Tenormin (atenolol), Zebeta (bisoprolol).

These drugs are widely used in the treatment of angina, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, heart attack and high blood pressure.

But despite concerns about their effect on cholesterol, scientists stress that the benefits of beta-blockers far outweigh the risks.

VeryWell Health adds: “If your beta-blocker affects your cholesterol significantly, your doctor may lower your dose or switch you to a different medication.”



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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez not on same page over Saudi Arabia GP after missile attack

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However, after a four-hour meeting between race officials and the teams, it was confirmed the race would go ahead despite the attack. It had been reported that a number of the competing drivers were concerned for their safety following the nearby explosion.

Despite this, an agreement was finally reached to race at 2:30am local time, after team chiefs left the lengthy meeting to confirm: “We will be racing.” A statement from Formula 1 confirmed Sunday’s race would go ahead as planned. It read: “Formula 1 has been in close contact with the relevant authorities following the situation that took place today. The authorities have confirmed that the event can continue as planned and we will remain in close contact with them and all the teams and closely monitor the situation.”

Unsurprisingly, there were a number of mixed views on whether the race should go ahead, and this is clearly apparent in the Red Bull setup. This comes after advisor Helmut Marko revealed that drivers Verstappen and Perez are not on the same page when it comes to racing.

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On the issue, Marko told Sky Germany: “Max is a bit more relaxed about it. Perez is a little bit scared, but when you live in Mexico City there’s not much more security. We have the pandemic, we have the war in Europe and now we have a missile attack 20 kilometres away. This is no longer normal or pleasant.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s race though, the Austrian advisor is firmly on the side of Verstappen and the race officials, supporting the idea of the race taking place. He commented: “I really think it’s the right thing to do. As I said, these drone attacks are common, I think. They have a very good defence system. Why this one didn’t work remains to be seen. It’s not the first drone, after all. But it’s the first one to strike on such a scale.”

The attack took place during Friday’s first practice session, and it was Red Bull’s star man Verstappen who was one of the first to realise something was wrong after reporting on his team radio that he could ‘smell burning’. Initially, the Dutchman thought the smell was coming from either his or one of his rival’s cars, however it then became clear that an explosion had taken place just a few miles from the track.

Giving an insight into Verstappen’s initial worries, Marko said: “Max radioed us, he thought his car had caught fire because there was an intense burning smell. We were informed a drone had been sent from Yemen. The Saudis have a defence system and for some reason the drone was not intercepted.”



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