The Nigeria Center for Disease Control – NCDC has stated that there are no cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country and the body with the Federal Ministry of Health are monitoring the situation of the virus.
This was contained in a statement signed by the NCDC Director-General, Ifedayo Adetifa, stating that the variant was first identified after tests were carried out on travellers returning from West Africa.
NCDC also noted that the rate of the spread of the Omicron variant makes it highly transmittable but added that, so far, claims that it is resistant to vaccines are not proven.
The NCDC urged states to ensure that sample collection and testing are made easily available for travellers who might have symptoms to get tested quickly. It also urged Nigerians to strictly adhere to all public health guidelines to prevent a spread of the COVID-19 virus.