The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has announced that a new COVID-19 variant has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.
This was disclosed by the Director-General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who gave the variant as B.1.2.5.
He stated, “There is a new variant, the B.1.2.5 which we have begun to detect in Nigeria and 15 other countries. It is important to note that this variant has not been described as a variant of concern yet.
“Researchers and scientists are still working hard to understand if this variant has any effect on the virus transmissibility, immunity, as well as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.
“This is because the variant has some similar mutations with the B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, respectively.”