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Deadly UK strain of Covid-19 now in Nigeria – PTF

The deadly B117 strain of Covid-19, first reported in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and also in South Africa, has been found in Nigeria.
This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the pandemic and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.
He expressed concern over increasing numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the last one week.
The SGF then announced that after reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which was due to expire Monday, the PTF has extended the implementation of the guidelines by one month.
The PTF boss said: ​”Over the last few weeks, the PTF has been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions. Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.
“There have been reports of cases with the B 117 variant strain, first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one is a resident.”

Written by ExpressDay

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