New variant of Coronavirus may have emerged in Nigeria

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that a new variant of Coronavirus may have emerged in Nigeria.

The health agency on Thursday announced plans to commence further investigation.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja, the Africa CDC Head, John Nkengasong, said: “It’s a separate lineage from the U.K. and South Africa. Give us some time, it’s still very early.”

According to him, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) through the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) at the Redeemer’s University, Ede in Osun State would analyze more samples.

Nkengasong said the new variant was based on two or three genetic sequences.

He said it was found in two patient samples collected in August and October in Osun State.


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