BREAKING: NCDC confirms two cases of Omicron variant in Nigeria

The Nigeria center for disease control said it confirmed two cases of Omicron viriant in the country.

They said the two cases is linked to passengers from South Africa. 

This was contained in the press release of the Director General of the center, Dr Ifedayo Adefita.

Punch reported that Omicron virus a new strain of corona virus was reported by South Africa and first detected in Botswana.

Following the development, other countries placed travel ban on Southern Africa Countries.

Similarly, the government of Canada had also stated that it discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria. The Federal Government through the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, however, said that it was investigating the issue to get more details.

However, the NCDC on Wednesday morning said two cases of the variant were discovered through genomic sequencing. It albeit linked the cases to two passengers from South Africa.

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”.

The NCDC however added that the two patients were asymptomatic and contact tracing had begun.

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