The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) says there are about 55 totally different lineages of COVID-19 circulating within the nation.

In a press release on Friday, the Director-Normal, Chikwe Ihekweazu, mentioned the range of strains point out a number of introductions into Nigeria from totally different elements of the world and provides to proof of group transmission.

He confirmed {that a} complete of 29 circumstances with the B.1.1.7 variant pressure, which was first described within the UK, have to this point been detected in Nigeria.

These strains have been discovered from circumstances in Lagos, FCT, Osun, Oyo, and Kwara and Edo States. All samples have been collected from sufferers between November and January 2021.

The DG mentioned on the eleventh of February, some latest SARS-CoV-2 genomes have been seen to have distinct mutations and characterised as a brand new variant B.1.525.

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The primary detected B.1.525 case in Nigeria was in a pattern collected on the twenty third of November from a affected person in Lagos State.

“To date, this has been detected amongst circumstances in 5 states in Nigeria. B.1.525 circumstances have additionally been reported in different nations in vacationers from Nigeria. Presently there isn’t any proof to point that”, Ihekweazu famous.

The official mentioned within the quick time period, a random number of viruses can be collected and despatched to ACEGID for sequencing weekly.

On measures, NCDC mentioned an Implementation Group for SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing in Nigeria has been constituted to tug collectively a coordinated response to drive genomic surveillance

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The group will coordinate responses to establish variants of concern; present a platform for sharing of specimens and entry to sequence data; agree and standardise observe for the evaluation of genomic information.

It’ll additionally examine the affect of variants, transmission, severity, vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; guarantee sturdy communication to keep up public confidence, and recommendation on the institution of genomic surveillance for pathogens.

NCDC appealed to Nigerians to proceed to take accountability and keep protected.

“The general public well being measures to manage this virus are the identical, irrespective the variant”, the assertion added.

The DG reminded everybody to keep away from shut contact with others, wash palms frequently utilizing cleaning soap and water, and put on a masks correctly.


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