New Covid Strain in Nigeria: Another New Coronavirus Variant Found in Nigeria, Says Africa CDC | World news

NAIROBI: Another new variant of the novel coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of the African disease control body said Thursday, warning that further investigation was needed.
The news comes after Britain and South Africa both reported new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appear to be more contagious, leading to new travel restrictions and market turmoil.
“It is a separate lineage from the UK and South African lineages,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at an online press conference from Addis Ababa.
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“What we are seeing in Nigeria, and this is based on still very limited data, has the 501 mutation,” Nkengasong added, referring to the variant named 501.V2 identified in South Africa and announced by public health officials there in December. 18.
Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Infectious Disease Genomics in Nigeria will study more samples, Nkengasong said.
The country’s leading COVID-19 researcher has just publicly released the genomic sequences of the new variant, he added.
The CDC of Nigeria did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Nkengasong’s remarks.
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people, has seen fewer cases of the coronavirus than many others on the continent.
Total cases exceeded 80,000 on Wednesday. Cases recorded daily exceeded 1,000 for the first time this month.