Italian scientists have presented an image showing mutations of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus. Believed to have originated from southern Africa, the variant has already triggered alarm in multiple countries worldwide.

The illustration of the new strain, unveiled by Italy’s Bambino Gesu hospital on Saturday, presents the Omicron in comparison with the Delta variant, one of the most contagious strains of Covid-19.

The Omicron variant boasts significantly more mutations compared to Delta, particularly in the areas directly interacting with human cells. The hotspots of mutations are highlighted in red in the image unveiled by the scientists.

“This is a ‘photo’ in a very broad sense, it’s a model made in a laboratory,” a representative of the hospital said as quoted by RIA Novosti. (RT)