Nigeria detect first cases of Omicron variant

Nigeria detects first cases of Omicron variant

Some travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week have been tested positive to the Omicron variant, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced.

In a press release, the body warns that it is a matter of “when, not if” more cases are identified.

The NCDC says its research suggests that given the likely high transmissibility of the variant, it is imperative to introduce measures to curb community transmission like “increased COVID-19 testing”.

Earlier this week, Canada said it had discovered two cases of the variant from two passengers from Nigeria.

However, the Nigerian health authorities said it was investigating the issue to get more details.

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