World COVID-19: Three cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria, the most populous country of Africa
South Africa tries to calm fears over new Covid variant 'Omicron'
Belgium revealed a case of the variant - named 'Omicron' by the WHO overnight - prompting EU chiefs to call for an 'emergency brake' on all travel from southern Africa after it was found in Israel.South African medics moved to calm a wave of panic over a new ultra-infectious and vaccine resistant Covid strain today as its arrival in Europe sparked fears of a new Christmas shutdown.
The new Omicron variant has appeared in West Africa. Three cases of this VVID-19 variant were detected in Nigeria, on people who traveled to South Africa. Health authorities admit that there may be more cases.
The announcement was made today by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control. A revelation that has, undoubtedly, been at the heart of the discussions on Wednesday morning betweenand his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa, visiting Abuja.
"The samples taken from the tests requested for all travelers two days after arrival in Nigeria have proved positive in the Omicron Variant in three people who previously traveled to South Africa," said the control center.
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These people arrived last week in Nigeria were put to isolation. They are followed and the search for their contact cases is in progress but the director of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control recognizes, "it is no longer a question of whether there are other cases of the new variant in the country But when they are discovered ".
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growth after the announcement of the discovery of this new Variant ofby South Africa, Nigeria had imposed a Test Two days after the arrival of travelers, in addition to the test that was already practiced one week after entering the territory. But overall, these tests are insufficient in the most populous country in Africa.
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The Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he 'fully supports' the action taken by New South Wales and Victoria amid growing fears over the super-contagious Omicron strain of Covid-19. But Dr Paul Griffin, Director of Infectious Diseases at Mater Health in Brisbane, said it was still too early to judge the risks of Omicron.'I don't think we're back to square one. I mean, I think a lot of us thought this is what this virus is going to keep doing, going to keep evolving and we are going to keep finding new variants,' he told ABC.
COVID-19 cases are undervalued in the country. Just over 214,000 official cases have been identified and nearly 3,000 people are dead. The Nigerian authorities have launched a mass vaccination campaign, but it patina, only 4% of the Nigerian adult population has received a first dose of Vovid vaccine.
to the announcement of these new cases of Omicron in Africa, Canada has decided to ban travelers from Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt. Ottawa had already closed its borders to the countries of southern Africa, the first affected on the continent. A decision taken while the World Health Organization
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