The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded new cases of the omicron variant , with the number of the recently discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria, Nigeria now stands at six.
The variant that was first reported by South Africa is being designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Notwithstanding the decision by the WHO to launch investigations into the new discovery, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and a host of other countries have issued travel restrictions into their territories.
Announcing the latest figure in a statement in Abuja, Director-General NCDC Ifedayo Adetifa said the three additional cases were detected in passengers linked to South Africa in November.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, i.e., the Omicron variant in Nigeria.
“In addition to the three cases announced earlier on 1st December, 2021, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria to six. All the Omicron cases so far were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa in November.
“The NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory continues to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 samples from international travellers arriving in Nigeria. This includes sequencing of positive samples from international travellers from October 2021 to date.