New Coronavirus Strain: After UK and South Africa, the new coronavirus strain on Thursday appears to have emerged in Nigeria. It was revealed by Africa’s top public health officials said. However, more investigation is being carried away and more samples are being sent o for testing.
Talking to a news agency, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that it is a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa. However, he added that the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in that country – Africa’s most populous – will be analyzing more samples.
He also stated that the alert about the apparent new variant was based on two or three genetic sequences but that and South Africa’s alert late last week were enough to prompt an emergency meeting of the Africa CDC this week.
The development comes after the variant was found in two patient samples collected on August 3 and on October 9 in Nigeria’s Osun state. Nigeria now has more than 80,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday, two cases of another new strain of COVID-19 linked to South Africa have been identified in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated.