Panic as a New deadlier variant of coronavirus reportedly emerge in Nigeria

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On Thursday, a report has it that a new variant of the deadly COVID-19 appears to have emerged in Nigeria.

The alert was raised by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The body announced plans to commence a further investigation.

“It’s a separate lineage from the U.K. and South Africa. Give us some time; it’s still very early”, Africa CDC head, John Nkengasong, told reporters.

John Nkengasong also said the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would analyze more samples.

John Nkengasong disclosed that the new variant was based on two or three genetic sequences.

It was found in two patient samples collected in August and October in Osun State.

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has recorded 80,922 cases of COVID-19, 1,236 deaths, and 69,274 recoveries.

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