The Nigeria Center for Disease and Control (NCDC) on Wednesday announced that two cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected in the Nigeria.
These are the first cases of the COVID-19 variant in the country.
The Director General of the centre, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the NCDC disclosed that the cases of the variant had been discovered through genomic sequencing.
According to Adetifa, the cases were linked to two passengers entered Nigeria from South Africa last week.
Adetifa, who said the two cases were asymptomatic, further disclosed that those in contact with patients are already being traced.
He said: ”Genomic sequencing of positive cases from routine day two testing for travellers to Nigeria identified two cases of Omicron variant among travellers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.
“Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021.”