New COVID-19 Strain Discovered in Nigeria- CDC Africa

The Centre for Disease Control Africa has disclosed that another COVID-19 strain has been discovered in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria.

On Thursday, Switch Nigeria reported that China had suspended all flights to and from the United Kingdom following the discovery of another COVID-19 strain there.

Similarly, another more virulent strain of the virus has been uncovered in Sotuh Africa.
John Nkengasong, who is the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told newsmen that the one in Nigeria is “a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa.”

John Nkengasong.

Unlike the variant seen in the UK, “we haven’t observed such rapid rise of the lineage in Nigeria and do not have evidence to indicate that the P681H variant is contributing to increased transmission of the virus in Nigeria. However, the relative difference in scale of genomic surveillance in Nigeria vs the UK may imply a reduced power to detect such changes”, the paper said.

The new strain was discovered in two different samples obtained and tested in Osun State on 3rd August and 9th September.

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