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FG Confirms Presence of UK Variant Of Coronavirus In Nigeria

By Ugbede Usman

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At the briefing of the Presidential Task Force, yesterday in Abuja, Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, revealed that the United Kingdom’s variant of coronavirusis in Nigeria, adding that the Nigerian scientists are sequencing the variants of coronavirus.

He said, “There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain, first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one in a resident.”

According to him, as at January 24, 2021, Nigeria has Nigeria has 121,566 cases, 1,270,523 tests, 22,834 active cases, 97,228 discharged and 1,504 deaths recorded.

He added, “All these numbers represent increases from the previous seven days and we are looking at taking further public health containment measures in local government areas that are considered high burden,”

Mustapha who advised all Nigerians to take responsibilities and stay safe, cautioned parents, school proprietors and others to take precautionary measures in curbing the spread of the virus.

Mustapha said, “We wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccine will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.

“​I’ve to however advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. Please do not patronize any one hawking or marketing vaccines, “All necessary arrangements to ensure that these Nigerians are properly received are being put in place.

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