It’s a relative of the delta variant, identified by British scientists last month.
The delta variant remains “by far the most dominant variant in terms of global circulation” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead on COVID-19, at a public session this week.
“Delta is dominant, but delta is evolving,” she said, adding that the more the virus circulates, the greater chances it has to mutate.
The newer “delta plus” variant has been spotted “on occasion,” but it’s not yet a concern, health officials said.
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