The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said Delta variant cases of COVID-19 have so far been identified in the country.
The Director General of the organisation, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this during the health minister’s update on the COVID-19 pandemic in Abuja on Monday.
He said, “So far we have identified 10 delta variant cases in the country. Actually what we do is collect samples from the travelers. Most of the cases are from travellers coming into Lagos and Abuja. Once they come in, we collect samples.
“The symptoms that it possesses are not like what we are used to, so that is why we need to be more careful.”
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Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the world has witnessed an increase in reported cases of COVID-19 across a significant number of countries in the past 24 hours, due to the high transmissibility of the Delta Variant.
He said, “Nigeria is at increased risk if we continue to neglect public health protocols placed at points of entry, which are our first line of defence and a critical point of concern,”