The Nigeria Centre for Disease Withhold an eye on(NCDC), has said that a brand novel variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other worldwide locations.
The novel strain, B.1.2.5, which is various from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 has, nevertheless, now not been described as a variant of difficulty but.
Disclosing this on the Presidential Job Power on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja, NCDC Director-Well-liked Chikwe Iheakweazu said that researchers and scientists had been aloof working tense to delight in if the variant had any surrender on the virus’ transmissibility, immunity as smartly as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.
“As we shared, a complete of 54 cases with the B.1.1.7 variant strain, which is a variant of difficulty first described in the UK, were detected in Nigeria.
“There is a brand novel variant, the B.1.2.5, which we now occupy begun to detect in Nigeria and 15 other worldwide locations. You can should stamp that this variant has now not been described as a variant of difficulty but.
“Researchers and scientists are aloof working tense to delight in if this variant has any surrender on the virus transmissibility, immunity, as smartly as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.
“That is since the variant has some identical mutations with the B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 variants first detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, respectively.”
The NCDC boss acknowledged that the company modified into once scaling up its sequencing capability to occupy a bigger working out of the burden of variants of difficulty in the nation.
He famed: “Final week, we sent one more 100 samples to our colleagues on the ACEGID lab in Ede, and we did 30 sequences in our lab at NCDC.
“We can proceed to scale the weekly quantity of samples sequenced as fragment of our surveillance.”
In accordance to him, the chance of virus mutation is better when there is a excessive transmission of the virus.
“While sequencing is well-known for us to delight in the enlighten, handwashing, bodily distancing and the factual use of face masks are crucial to surrender the spread of the virus,” he additional stressed out.
The NCDC boss said that the September and October 2020 family incidence surveys utilized in Lagos, Enugu, Nasarawa and Gombe States revealed the stage of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among the inhabitants.
“The findings from the stumble on video display that the estimated incidence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the inhabitants is 23 per cent in Lagos and Enugu States, 19 per cent in Nasarawa Dispute and 9 per cent in Gombe Dispute.
“We are aloof engaged on a bigger working out of SARS-CoV-2 which is the virus that causes COVID-19 and the length of immunity,” he said.