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NCDC Confirms Deadly Delta COVID-19 Variant in Nigeria

Nigeria has verified that the Delta COVID-19 type has been detected in the West African country.

"The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has found a confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2," the health agency said Thursday night in a statement.

"After a normal travel test required of all international passengers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, the variation was discovered in a traveler to Nigeria."

The NCDC, on the other hand, reassured Nigerians that the federal government has taken steps to combat the disease, urging them to follow the prescribed safety practices.

Physical separation, frequent handwashing, and proper use of face masks are all proven public health and social interventions that prevent illnesses and save lives, according to the report.

"The COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective, and it provides disease protection."

The Delta form, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has increased transmissibility and has caused alarm around the world.

It has also been found in over 90 countries, with more countries predicted to be affected.

According to the NCDC, "the variant has also been related to an increase in infections in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation." "Studies to determine the impact of the variation on existing vaccinations and therapies are ongoing."

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria, which verified its first case of the virus in February 2020, has seen a drop in the number of illnesses.

Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu, the agency's Director General, said the rising number of illnesses in other nations is still a big concern.

"The rise in cases in countries around the world, particularly in Africa, serves as a stark reminder of the danger we face," he said.

Over 160, 000 cases of the disease have been confirmed in Nigeria at the time of this publication.

 

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