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NCDC has Confirmed Deadly Delta Variant in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control yesterday being Thursday announced it had found a reported case of SARS-CoV-2 Delta strain, also known as lineage B.1.617.2. The NCDC in a statement said the variant was found in a tourist to Nigeria, in accordance with the appropriate flight screening mandated of all international passengers and genome analysis at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.

Because of its heightened infectivity, the World Health Organization has designated the lethal Delta variant as a variation of concern. According to the NCDC, the variation has been found in over 90 countries and is predicted to proliferate.

According to the NCDC Head of Communication, Dr. Yahaya Disu, the Delta variant has also been related to an increase in infections in nations where it is the main breed in transmission. Studies to determine the influence of the variation on current vaccinations and therapies are continuing. NCDC has been carrying out a full DNA sequence as an aspect of Nigeria's COVID-19 strategy, in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, the African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, and other science laboratories in the country.

This is to allow for the identification of potentially harmful variations and the initiation of reaction activities. GISAID, a global method for exchanging sequencing data, has released all data on Nigerian variations. The released statement partly stated that positive samples from foreign visitors to Nigeria are tested on a regular basis, owing to the risk of the Delta variant spreading globally.

The Presidential Steering Committee, on behalf of the federal government, had taken many steps to decrease the possibility of COVID-19 spreading. Travel restrictions from nations with a spike in cases linked to a broad frequency of worrisome variations are among the measures taken. To decrease the possibility of the virus spreading, the national travel policy to be implemented includes mandatory seven-day self-isolation and confirmatory testing on the seventh day after landing.

It is critical that this is properly followed in order to avoid an increase in COVID-19 instances in Nigeria. Given the Delta variant's increased infectivity and subsequent confirmation in Nigeria, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) recommends all Nigerians to observe all global health standards and social measures in place, according to the statement.

Source: PUNCH

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