The Chronology of Delmicron’s Emergence

While the world is busy with Omicron, a shocking news emerges from India. A member of the COVID-19 task force from the state of Maharashtra in India said that a new variant has emerged which is Delmicron. According to him, it is a combination of the Delta and Omicron variants. This variant is also claimed to have symptoms that are not mild and quickly spread. Here are some facts that the author has collected from several sources regarding the Delmicron variant.

The background of the Delmicron’s emergence

The word Delmicron is based on a quote by Dr. Shashank Joshi, a member of Maharashtra’s task force on Covid-19. Dr. Joshi is reported to have said, “Delmicron, the twin spikes of Delta and Omicron, in Europe and US has led to a mini tsunami of cases”.

That is indeed a quotable quote; some sources say that Dr. Joshi is not talking about a possible new variant called ‘Delmicron’. Dr. Joshi seems to be talking about a situation where both the Delta and Omicron variants cause a spike in Covid-19 cases in a particular region.

Is Delmicron a new variant?

Based on World Health Organisation, there has been no information about the SARS-CoV-2 going into another consequential mutation after Omicron, which was recognized as a Variant of Concern in November this year. Hence, there is no novel coronavirus variant named Delmicron.

Besides, those variants of the novel coronavirus are named based on Greek letters alphabetically. Thus, even if there is a new coronavirus variant, it will be the alphabet that follows ‘Omicron’ i.e. pi, rho, sigma, and so on.

Experts’ opinion

The former director of WHO Southeast Asia, Prof. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said that the Delmicron variant is not a new variant of the coronavirus. Besides, authorities in India, including the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), have never provided information about the presence of Delmicron. Plus, there are no statements from any official organization in India, and other experts do not mention anything about the Delmicron.

So far, Delmicron is not considered a new variant. However, there are patients who are infected with the Delta and Omicron variants. It is also suspected that the infection is fast and the complaints are not mild, but again there is no clear scientific evidence about this.

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