Friday, January 21

BREAKING: Nigeria confirms two cases of Omicron variant — NCDC

Two cases of the new strain of coronavirus – Omicron variant have been confirmed in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant.

This centre announced this in a press release issued on Wednesday morning, signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.

The Omicron variant, is a new strain of the coronavirus disease, it was reported by South Africa and was first detected in Botswana.

Countries like the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Israel among others have placed travel bans on southern African countries following this discovery.

Canadian government had also revealed that it discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria. The Federal Government through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, however, said that it was investigating the issue to get more details.

The NCDC on Wednesday morning however revealed that two cases of the variant were discovered through genomic sequencing. It albeit linked the cases to two passengers from South Africa.

The statement reads in part, “In line with the routine travel tests required of all international travellers, genomic sequencing at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control through its National Reference Laboratory, Abuja, confirms Nigeria’s first case of the Omicron variant.

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“Genomic sequencing of positive cases from routine day-two testing for travellers to Nigeria identified two cases of Omicron variant among travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.

“Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travellers to Nigeria also identified the Omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021”.

The NCDC however added that the two patients were asymptomatic and contact tracing had begun.

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