The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has said that three passengers who arrived Nigeria on flights from South Africa have tested positive for the Omicron Covid-19 variant in Nigeria.
A further explanation by the NCDC in a press statement on Wednesday morning noted that the agency’s case and genomic surveillance at its laboratories revealed the presence of the B.1.1.529 lineage.
The agency added that Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021.
The two patients were said to be asymptomatic and contact tracing had begun.
Omicron variant, a new strain of the coronavirus disease, was reported by South Africa and first detected in Botswana.