Nigeria has detected 49 Omicron COVID-19 cases, says NCDC


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says Nigeria has recorded a total of 49 cases of the Omicron COVID variant as of December 21.


The agency disclosed this during a media briefing on Friday.


The NCDC said as a total of 13,758 sequences have been uploaded on GISAID as at December 20.


On December 1, the NCDC announced that three cases of the new variant have been detected in Nigeria.


Days later, three additional cases were announced.


The index case of Omicron was detected in South Africa and the World Health Organisation (WHO) had subsequently designated Omicron as a “variant of concern”, calling on global leaders to take action to contain its spread.

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