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General News of Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Coronavirus: Nigeria confirms two cases of Omicron variant

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country.

The centre made this known in a press statement signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.

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

According to the NCDC, the two cases of the variant were discovered in Nigeria through genomic sequencing.

“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.

“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,” parts of the statement read.

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