The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced its first confirmed case of the Delta variant of Covid-19.
The statement by the NCDC on Thursday night said it was recorded in a traveller to Nigeria at its national reference laboratory in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement reads, “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has detected a confirmed case with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2. The variant was detected in a traveler to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja,”
“The Delta variant is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility. The variant has been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more countries.
“The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.”
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Delta variant has an increased transmissibility and has raised concerns across the globe.
It has also been detected in over 90 countries and is expected to spread to more nations.