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    COVID-19: Nigeria Reports 107 New Cases, 3 Additional Omicron Variant

    Olufemi Adeyemi 
    Health officials in Nigeria reported that another 107 residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday in 7 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

    With the recent addition, the country’s COVID-19 cases has climbed up to 214,896, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC disclosed this via its official Facebook page.

    NCDC added that 17 people were discharged, which includes 1 discharged case reported in Enugu state on 6th December 2021.

    Active cases have risen to 4,421 from 4,331 it was the previous day.

    Again on Tuesday, no patient was confirmed to have died of COVID-19 complications in past 24 hours.

    The nationwide death toll from the virus remained 2,980. NCDC added, in total, 207,495 people have been discharged from hospitals after their symptoms improved.

    A breakdown of the NCDC update shows that Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reported 38 out of the new cases , Oyo reported 21 cases, Rivers had 17 cases and Edo had 13 cases.

    On the other hand, Delta reported 7 cases, Enugu and Zamfara reported 4 cases each and Plateau had 3 cases.

    While 5 states, Kano, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Sokoto reported no cases of the virus.

    The health  officials noted that todays report includes 7 confirmed cases reported in Delta state on 6th (4) & 7th (3) December 2021.

    Four confirmed cases reported in Enugu State on 6th December 2021, NCDC said.

    However, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Tuesday afternoon announced that three additional cases of the Omicron variant have been reported.

    The new cases bring the total of the recently discovered variant of the COVID-19 virus in Nigeria to six.

    The Omicron variant, which was first reported by South Africa, has been designated a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.

    Though the global health body says it is still launching investigations into the new strain, several countries such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada among others have issued travel restrictions into their territories.

    The NCDC in the statement signed by the Director-General, Ifedayo Adetifa further explained that the three additional cases were detected in passengers linked to South Africa in November.

    The statement partly reads, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, i.e., the Omicron variant, in Nigeria.

    “In addition to the three cases announced earlier on 1st December 2021, this brings the total number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria to six. All the Omicron cases so far were detected in persons with recent travel history to South Africa in November.

    “The NCDC through the National Reference Laboratory continues to coordinate genomic surveillance activities across the country to sequence all positive COVID-19 samples from international travellers arriving in Nigeria. This includes sequencing of positive samples from international travellers from October 2021 to date.

    “The Delta variant remains the dominant variant and so far, we have not seen the replacement of this variant by the new Omicron variant as observed elsewhere.”

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