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The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) says there are about 55 completely different lineages of COVID-19 circulating within the nation.
In a press release on Friday, the Director-Normal, Chikwe Ihekweazu, stated the variety of strains point out a number of introductions into Nigeria from completely different elements of the world and provides to proof of group transmission.
He confirmed {that a} complete of 29 circumstances with the B.1.1.7 variant pressure, which was first described within the UK, have to date been detected in Nigeria.

These strains have been discovered from circumstances in Lagos, FCT, Osun, Oyo, and Kwara and Edo States. All samples have been collected from sufferers between November and January 2021.
The DG stated on the eleventh of February, some current SARS-CoV-2 genomes have been seen to have distinct mutations and characterised as a brand new variant B.1.525.
The primary detected B.1.525 case in Nigeria was in a pattern collected on the twenty third of November from a affected person in Lagos State.

“Up to now, this has been detected amongst circumstances in 5 states in Nigeria. B.1.525 circumstances have additionally been reported in different international locations in vacationers from Nigeria. At the moment there is no such thing as a proof to point that”, Ihekweazu famous.
The official stated within the brief time period, a random collection of viruses will probably be collected and despatched to ACEGID for sequencing weekly.

On measures, NCDC stated an Implementation Group for SARS-CoV-2 Sequencing in Nigeria has been constituted to tug collectively a coordinated response to drive genomic surveillance

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The group will coordinate responses to establish variants of concern; present a platform for sharing of specimens and entry to sequence info; agree and standardise observe for the evaluation of genomic knowledge.
It is going to additionally examine the influence of variants, transmission, severity, vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; guarantee sturdy communication to keep up public confidence, and recommendation on the institution of genomic surveillance for pathogens.
NCDC appealed to Nigerians to proceed to take duty and keep protected.

“The general public well being measures to manage this virus are the identical, irrespective the variant”, the assertion added.
The DG reminded everybody to keep away from shut contact with others, wash palms usually utilizing cleaning soap and water, and put on a masks correctly.

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