Nigeria has recorded three additional cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
This was announced in a statement by The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) director-general, Ifedayo Adetifa.
He said, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed three (3) more cases of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, i.e., the Omicron variant, in Nigeria. In addition to the three cases announced earlier on 1st December 2021, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria to six (6)”.
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Adetifa added, “All the Omicron cases so far were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa in November. “The NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) continues to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 samples from international travellers arriving in Nigeria. This includes sequencing of positive samples from international travellers from October 2021 to date”.