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COVID-19: Another variant detected in Nigeria, 15 other countries

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Monday that a new variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Nigeria and 15 other countries.

The new strain, which is different from the highly infectious B.1.1.7 has however, not been described as a variant of concern.

The NCDC Director-General, Chikwe Iheakwazu, disclosed this at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

He said  researchers and scientists were still working hard to understand if this variant had any effect on the virus transmissibility, immunity, as well as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

Iheakwazu said, “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.”