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COVID-19: NCDC Confirms Deadly Delta Variant In Nigeria

Nigeria has confirmed the detection of the Delta COVID-19 variant. 

Nigeria has confirmed the detection of the Delta COVID-19 variant. 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant also known as lineage B.1.617.2 in the country.

The public health agency said the variant was detected in a traveller to Nigeria.

The NCDC, however, assured Nigerians that the federal government has put measures in place to combat the disease, asking them to adhere to the recommended safety protocols.

“Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent
handwashing, and proper use of face masks, prevent infections and save lives,” it added.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease.”

“The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation,” the NCDC explained. “There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.”

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