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The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has stated {that a} new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 different nations.

The brand new pressure, B.1.2.5, which is completely different from the extremely infectious B.1.1.7 has, nevertheless, not been described as a variant of concern but.

Disclosing this on the Presidential Activity Drive on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja, the NCDC Director-Basic, Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated that researchers and scientists have been nonetheless working exhausting to grasp if the variant had any impact on the virus’ transmissibility, immunity in addition to diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

He stated, “As we shared, a complete of 54 circumstances with the B.1.1.7 variant pressure, which is a variant of concern first described within the UK, have been detected in Nigeria.

“There’s a new variant, the B.1.2.5, which we now have begun to detect in Nigeria and 15 different nations. It is very important notice that this variant has not been described as a variant of concern but.

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“Researchers and scientists are nonetheless working exhausting to grasp if this variant has any impact on the virus transmissibility, immunity, in addition to diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

“It’s because the variant has some related mutations with the B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 variants first detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, respectively.”

The NCDC boss said that the company was scaling up its sequencing capability to have a greater understanding of the burden of variants of concern within the nation.

He famous: “Final week, we despatched one other 100 samples to our colleagues on the ACEGID lab in Ede, and we did 30 sequences in our lab at NCDC.

“We are going to proceed to scale the weekly variety of samples sequenced as a part of our surveillance.”

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In keeping with him, the chance of virus mutation is larger when there’s excessive transmission of the virus.

“Whereas sequencing is vital for us to grasp the scenario, handwashing, bodily distancing and the correct use of face masks are essential to forestall the unfold of the virus,” he additional careworn.

The NCDC boss stated that the September and October 2020 family prevalence surveys carried out in Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa and Gombe States revealed the extent of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among the many inhabitants.

“The findings from the survey present that the estimated prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies within the inhabitants is 23 per cent in Lagos and Enugu States, 19 per cent in Nasarawa State and 9 per cent in Gombe State.

“We’re nonetheless engaged on a greater understanding of SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19 and the period of immunity,” he stated.

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