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Additional three new cases of Omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected in Nigeria.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that with these new cases, Nigeria has six persons that have tested positive of the Omicron .
The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC), Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Adetifa said the fresh Omicron cases were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa.
He said the Omicron variant is a source of global concern because of its increased risk of transmissibility and its potential to escape protective immune responses induced by natural infection and/or vaccination.
The Director General said that the NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) will continue to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 samples from international travellers arriving in Nigeria.
He added that it includes sequencing of positive samples from international travellers from October 2021 to date.
He also said that the Delta variant remained the dominant variant, even as they have not seen the replacement of the variant by the new Omicron variant as observed elsewhere.
He stressed further that the NCDC would continued to coordinate and implement genomic surveillance activities in the country to keep Nigerians reliably informed about existing variants, the Omicron and indeed other variants that may arise based on national data and emerging global evidence.
His words”Taken together, and if true, the Omicron variant can significantly change the current global Covid-19 epidemiology.
“There is currently no evidence of generalized or community transmission of this variant in Nigeria”.