NCDC confirms new Covid-19 variant presence in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed a case of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in the Nigeria in a statement released on Thursday

According to the statement, the newly detected variant also called lineage B.1.617.2 was confirmed after a traveller tested positive for it in the country.

The public health agency, in the statement, revealed that it has been working with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), and other laboratories within the national network to carry out genomic sequencing.

“This is to enable the detection of variants of concern and initiate response activities.

“All data on variants from Nigeria have been published on GISAID, a global mechanism for sharing sequencing data. Given the global risk of spread of the Delta variant, positive samples from international travellers to Nigeria are sequenced regularly,” the statement said.

This variant known as SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has been formerly found in over 90 countries

by David Adeleye

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