ALERT: Another ‘New Covid-19 Variant’ Apprears To Emerge In Nigeria

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Another new variant of coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, but further investigation is needed, Africa’s leading public health official has said.

“It’s a separate lineage from the UK and South Africa,” the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters.

He said the Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in that country — Africa’s most populous — will analyse more samples. “Give us some time. It’s still very early,” he said.

The alert about the apparent new variant was based on two or three genetic sequences, he said, but that and South Africa’s alert late last week were enough to prompt an emergency meeting of the Africa CDC this week.

The news comes as infections surge again in parts of the African continent. The new variant in South Africa is the predominant one there, Mr Nkengasong said, as confirmed infections in the country approach a million.

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