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Two cases of Omicron variant found in Nigeria-NCDC

Two cases of Omicron variant found in Nigeria-NCDC

 

The new variant of coronavirus, Omicron, has found its way into the Nigerian space, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed.

NCDC Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa made this known during a press release on Wednesday morning, December 1.

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

“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 travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021”.

The agency said the two cases of the variant were discovered through genomic sequencing. They linked the cases to two passengers from South Africa.

It, however, added that the two patients were asymptomatic and contact tracing had begun.

South Africa was said to have been the place where the Omicron variant, a new strain of the coronavirus disease, was reported and first detected in Botswana.

Several countries including the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Israel among others have placed travel bans on southern African countries following the discovery.

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