Stella Dimoko COVID 19 Delta Variant Detected in Nigeria


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Friday, July 09, 2021

COVID 19 Delta Variant Detected in Nigeria

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 Organization (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.

As part of Nigeria’s COVID-19 response, NCDC has been working with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), and other laboratories within the national network, to carry out genomic sequencing. This is to enable the detection of variants of concern, and initiate response activities. All data on variants from Nigeria have been published on GISAID, a global mechanism for sharing sequencing data. Given the global risk of spread of the Delta variant, positive samples from international travelers to Nigeria are sequenced regularly.

The Government of Nigeria through the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has initiated several measures to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. This includes the introduction of travel restrictions from countries where there is a surge in cases associated with widespread prevalence of variants of concern. The national travel protocol which includes compulsory seven-day self-isolation and repeat test on the seventh day after arrival, are in place to reduce the risk of spread of the virus. It is very important that this is strictly adhered to, to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Given the high transmissibility of the Delta variant and following its detection in Nigeria, NCDC urges all Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to public health and social measures in place. Proven public health and social measures such as physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and proper use of face masks, prevent infections and save lives. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and offers protection against the disease.

Additionally, states are urged to ensure sample collection and testing for COVID-19 is accessible to the public. Public settings such as schools with accommodation facilities, workplaces and camps should utilise the approved Antigen-based Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for rapid testing of their population.


  1. Since the covid thing is gradually going down and they are tired of falsifying figures they had to come up with this crap. Ndi alaπŸ˜’

    1. I just hope they’re lying. This type of news scare me “tbvh”😟

    2. You can say that again. Really Sad that they want to take us back with their lies..

    3. Real ndi ala awon wehrey.

    4. Nigerian Government want to scam international Communities like before. No one can scare me anymore

    5. @Unknown, thank you very much. You really understand what they are trying to do. It is all scaremongering.

  2. Na wa...o, we aint done with covid yet, now its the variant

  3. The Covid news don taya me already.
    Meanwhile, can the vaccine protect against this new variant?

    1. This is why I did not take the vaccine because it will take at least another two years for them to figure this thing out and create a real vaccine for all the variants, and hopefully one that gives protection for 10 years versus the currently unknown. Latest study showing Pfizer gives protection for at least nine months, wtf. Mtsccchw. Plus the amount of politics associated with the rollout and so many poor countries getting left behind, and the vaccine passports only recognizing certain vaccines to drive sales I can't support that mess. The level of wickedness involved in this is heart wrenching. Fck capitalism in all its manifestations.

      Holy Ghost vaccine I am working with right now. The only one I may take is the Cuba one because it is a simple traditional protein vaccine which means less awful side effects.

  4. Likely someone from the UK or India brought it in.


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