- The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in Nigeria due to person-to-person contact
- This terrible trend was announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday, December 6
- The NCDC in a statement disclosed that three new cases were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number to six
The number of persons in Nigeria that have contracted the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has risen to six.
This increase came after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday, December 6, announced that the country has recorded three new cases, Punch reports.
The NCDC added that all the cases recorded so far were detected in passengers linked to South Africa in November.
A statement from the commission confirming this read:
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“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."
According to the NCDC, the Delta variant of the pandemic remains the most dominant, and that there is no replacement at the moment.
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Meanwhile, on Sunday, December 5, the federal government ruled out the possibility of restricting foreign travellers from visiting Nigeria despite travel bans on the country by Canada, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
This was just as the government stated that most of the in-bound passengers that tested positive for COVID-19 were from the UK.
The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made this disclosure during an interview on Sunday.