NAIROBI (Reuters) – One other new variant of the novel coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, the pinnacle of Africa’s illness management physique stated on Thursday, cautioning extra investigation was wanted.
The information comes after Britain and South Africa each reported new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that seem like extra contagious, resulting in new journey restrictions and turmoil in markets.
“It is a separate lineage from the UK and the South African lineages,” John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) advised a web-based information convention from Addis Ababa.
“The one we’re seeing in Nigeria, and that is based mostly on very restricted information but, has the 501 mutation,” Nkengasong added, referring to the variant termed 501.V2 recognized in South Africa and introduced by public well being officers there on Dec. 18.
The Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Illnesses in Nigeria will examine extra samples, Nkengasong stated.
The nation’s principal COVID-19 investigator has simply launched publicly the genomic sequences of the brand new variant, he added.
Nigeria’s CDC didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Nkengasong’s remarks.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with greater than 200 million individuals, has seen fewer coronavirus instances than many others on the continent.
Whole instances crept previous 80,000 on Wednesday. Every day recorded instances exceeded 1,000 for the primary time this month.