In what may very well be a brand new alarm to the Covid-19 pandemic globally, one other variant of coronavirus has emerged in Africa’s most populous nation, after distinct mutants of the virus have been reported from the UK and South Africa over the previous few days.
The invention might add to new alarm within the pandemic after comparable variants have been introduced in Britain and South Africa, resulting in the swift return of worldwide journey restrictions and different measures simply because the world enters a serious vacation season.
“It is a separate lineage from the UK and the South African lineages,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) advised an internet information convention from Addis Ababa.
“The one we’re seeing in Nigeria, and that is primarily based on very restricted knowledge but, has the 501 mutation,” Nkengasong added, referring to the variant termed 501.V2 recognized in South Africa and introduced by public well being officers there on December 18.
The Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Illnesses in Nigeria will research extra samples, Nkengasong mentioned.
The nation’s principal COVID-19 investigator has simply launched publicly the genomic sequences of the brand new variant, he added.
Nigeria’s CDC didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Nkengasong’s remarks.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with greater than 200 million folks, has seen fewer coronavirus instances than many others on the continent.
Complete instances crept previous 80,000 on Wednesday. Every day recorded instances exceeded 1,000 for the primary time this month.
(With inputs from companies)