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Covid-19: NCDC Confirm Three Omicron Cases In Nigeria

Following the new Covid-19 variant termed ‘Omicron’, it has been reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has announced that Nigeria has now reported three cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus on Wednesday.

The PUNCH had reported a few hours ago that the centre announced two cases of the new variant.

According to a statement signed by the NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, partly reads, “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. Samples obtained for the stipulated day two test for all travellers to Nigeria were positive for this variant in three persons with a history of travel to South Africa.”

The statement noted that, “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. Arrangements are also being made to notify the country where travel originated according to the provisions of the International Health Regulations.”

It added that, “The NCDC assumes Omicron is widespread globally given the increasing number of countries reporting this variant. Therefore, it is a matter of when, not if, we will identify more cases. We continue to expand our sequencing capacity in-country at the NCDC-NRL, through our network of public health laboratories and other partners.”

It maintained that, “Our focus is to complete sequencing of recently accrued samples of SARS-COV-2 positive travelers from all countries, especially those from countries that have reported the Omicron variant.”

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