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Two Cases Of Omicron Variant Of COVID-19 Confirmed In Nigeria

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Ganiyat Ganiyu 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

This was confirmed in a press release by the centre and signed by the Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa on Wednesday morning.

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

NCDC said that the two cases of the variant were discovered through genomic sequencing.

It linked the cases to two passengers from South Africa.

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The statement read in part, “In line with the routine travel tests required of all international travellers and 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 travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021”.

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