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Nigeria is the newest African nation to detect the Omicron variant.

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Nigeria’s public well being institute mentioned on Wednesday that it had recognized the variant in three vacationers who arrived from South Africa within the final week, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, its director basic, said in a statement.

The institute, the Nigeria Middle for Illness Management, had mentioned earlier on Wednesday that it had additionally detected the Omicron variant in a pattern from October, however then retracted that announcement. The sooner pattern was of the Delta variant, based on a message shared on WhatsApp by the institute’s spokesman, Emeka Oguanuo.

Referring to the three Omicron circumstances, Dr. Adetifa mentioned within the assertion: “Comply with up to make sure isolation, linkage to scientific care, contact tracing and different related response actions have commenced.”

Nigeria is the third nation in mainland Africa — apart from South Africa and Botswana — to report the variant, which is now recognized to have reached each continent besides Antarctica. However scientists say it could be weeks earlier than extra is thought about how transmissible the variant is, the severity of sickness it causes and the way a lot safety the present vaccines supply in opposition to it.

Nonetheless, governments have reacted with alarm and markets have tumbled in latest days, because the W.H.O. rated the worldwide threat from the variant “very excessive.”

On Wednesday, Nigerian well being officers urged state governments to make testing simply accessible, vaccinate many extra folks and make sure the public was adhering to public well being measures together with masking and social distancing. Nigeria has thus far reported 214,113 constructive circumstances and a pair of,976 deaths from the coronavirus.

With greater than 200 million folks, Nigeria has administered simply over 9.8 million vaccine doses, based on the World Well being Group. Beginning Wednesday, federal authorities employees had been anticipated to both be vaccinated or present a detrimental Covid-19 certificates. Vacationers into the nation are anticipated to reach with a detrimental Covid check and to take two more tests on the second and seventh day following arrival.