A case of SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant has been confirmed in Nigeria.
An24 reports that SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is claimed to be more deadly than other variants of the virus.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in a statement on Thursday said that the new variant was detected by the Nigerian officials from a traveller after the carrier underwent all required routine travel tests and genomic sequencing for international travellers.
NCDC added that all relevant authorities have been notified and that the country’s emergency response would be effective in containing the virus.
NCDC Head of Communications, Dr Yahya Disu, expressed worry over the confirmation of the Delta variant in Nigeria.
Disu stated that given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, it was important for Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place.
“As part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, NCDC has been working with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, and other laboratories within the national network, to carry out genomic sequencing.
“This is to enable the detection of variants of concern, and initiate response activities. All data on variants from Nigeria have been published on GISAID, a global mechanism for sharing sequencing data. Given the global risk of spread of the Delta variant, positive samples from international travellers to Nigeria are sequenced regularly,” the statement read.