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Nigeria confirms first cases of Omicron variant

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Nigeria has confirmed three cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the country.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday reported that the cases were among passengers with a history of travel to South Africa.

Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, the Director-General of NCDC, said the variant was discovered through genomic sequencing.

“This genomic surveillance has now identified and confirmed Nigeria’s first cases of the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, now known as the Omicron variant,” he said in a statement.

“Samples obtained for the stipulated day two test for all travelers to Nigeria were positive for this variant in three persons with a history of travel to South Africa.

“These cases were recent arrivals in the country in the past week. Follow up to ensure isolation, linkage to clinical care, contact tracing and other relevant response activities have commenced.” Continue Reading

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