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Canada COVID-19: Three cases of the Omicron variant detected in Nigeria, the most populous country of Africa

21:16  01 december  2021
21:16  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Une professionnelle de santé effectue un test PCR à Abuja, la capitale du Nigeria, le 29 novembre 2021. © AP - GBemiga Olamikan A healthy professional conducts a PCR test in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, November 29, 2021.

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 between President Muhammadu Buhari and 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 of Covid-19 by 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.

South Africa is expected to exceed 10,000 daily contaminations because of the Omicron

 South Africa is expected to exceed 10,000 daily contaminations because of the Omicron © Copyright 2021, the South Africa, where was detected the new Omicron variant, should increase the 10,000 Daily contaminations at COVID-19 by the end of the week, warned on the South African epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim on the Monday, 29 November.

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 advises the general prohibitions to travel.

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