NCDC Announces First Case of COVID-19 Omicron Variant
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has identified two instances of COVID-19 Omicron variant in Nigeria (NCDC).
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that according to a statement signed by NCDC Director-General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa and reported by Touchaheart Nigeria, the two cases were discovered using genome sequencing.
According to Adetifa, the cases were discovered in two travelers who entered the country from South Africa. The patients were asymptomatic
“Genomic sequencing of positive cases from standard day two testing for travelers to Nigeria found two cases of the Omicron variation among South Africans who arrived in Nigeria last week.”
He went on to say that “retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among passengers to Nigeria also found the omicron variant in samples taken in October 2021.”