Nigeria has reported seven cases of the new UK variant of COVID-19. The new variant has been identified in Osun, Kwara and Abuja. The Federal Government stated that the Africa Centre for Excellence in Genomics in Ede identified five cases in Osun, one in Kwara, and one in Abuja.
However, of the three states, Abuja has the highest reported case of over 17,000 cases. While Kwara has over 2000 cases and Osun with over 1000 cases.
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, announced this during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“The fact that we are finding the variant is not surprising because it is found in more than 50 countries around the world. As countries look for this, they will find them because people travel and viruses travel with people as they travel.”
“In the last one week, we had 75 healthcare workers infected in Nigeria. So we are very worried about this. We can reduce this risk by maintaining a high level of suspicion for COVID-19 all the time,” he said.