54 cases of UK infection variants in Nigeria, says NCDC


By Moses Emorinken, Abuja

Nigeria now has 54 cases of the United Kingdom’s (UK) variant of the COVID-19 virus, Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said on Monday.

Speaking during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, Ihekweazu said: “Concerning the updates on the variants of concern, at the moment, last week, the update so far is that we have had 54 cases of the b117 variant – the variants of concern first detected in the United Kingdom, which is now the dominant strain; almost 100 per cent of the circulating strain in the UK are made up of these variants.

“We found 54 of them between November and February – that is a significant number out of those we have sequenced. We have sequenced about 400 altogether since the beginning of the outbreak. We continue to watch that strain and understand how much it is circulating in Nigeria.

“There were reports on a…



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