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Breaking: New COVID-19 Variant, OMICRON Lands In Nigeria


The new COVID-19 variant, Omicron is now in Nigeria.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday morning confirmed the first case of the Omicron variant in the country.

This was contained in a press release issued by the centre and signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa.

The statement reads in part, “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”.

Below is the list of other countries with confirmed cases of Omicron variant as at December 1, 2021:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK

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