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BREAKING:NCDC Confirms Three Cases Of Omicron Variant In Nigeria


The complete number of the Omicron variation of COVID-19 affirmed in Nigeria is presently three, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Wednesday.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, who affirmed this in an assertion clarified that the office had led case and genomic reconnaissance for inbound global voyagers showing up in the country at its National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in Abuja, and an organization of other testing research facilities.

He expressed that sequencing of tests from COVID-19 positive inbound voyagers was directed in research facilities with sequencing limit in the nation while all the sequencing information were partaken in freely open data sets.

“This genomic reconnaissance has now recognized and affirmed Nigeria’s first instances of the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 heredity, presently known as the Omicron variation,” the NCDC supervisor said. “Tests acquired for the specified day two test for all explorers to Nigeria were positive for this variation in three people with a background marked by movement to South Africa. These cases were late appearances in the country in the previous week.

“Follow up to guarantee confinement, linkage to clinical consideration, contact following and other pertinent reaction exercises have initiated. Courses of action are additionally being made to advise country where travel started by the arrangements of the International Health Regulations.”

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As indicated by him, the NCDC expects Omicron is far reaching universally given the expanding number of nations announcing the variation.

Adetifa gave a confirmation that the NCDC would keep on growing its sequencing limit in-country through an organization of general wellbeing labs and different accomplices.

The concentration for the organization, he expressed, was to finished sequencing of as of late gathered examples of SARS-COV-2 positive voyagers from all nations, particularly those from nations that have announced the Omicron variation as of now.

The NCDC boss uncovered that since reports of the development of the Omicron variation, the Federal Ministry of Health, through the NCDC, has heightened general wellbeing reaction measures to COVID-19.

He added that the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 has overhauled the public tourism warning, which incorporated a negative COVID-19 experimental outcome done not over 48 hours before flight by all inbound voyagers to Nigeria.

“Pre-booking and installment for the entire day 2 and day 7 COVID-19 PCR tests are requirements for movement. Moreover, all outbound travelers paying little mind to the prerequisites of objective nations are relied upon to introduce proof of full immunization or a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not later than 48 hours before flight.

“We appeal to Nigerians to hold fast rigorously to these movement conventions and other public security measures to ensure themselves, families, companions, the local area overall and to forestall a fourth influx of COVID-19 in the nation as we battle the pandemic and these arising variations, including the Delta variation,” Adetifa argued.


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