The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has announced that two cases of Omicron have been detected in the country.
It said the cases were detected through genomics sequencing.
The cases involved two passengers travelling into the country from South Africa where the new strain of COVID-19 was first detected.
This was announced in a press releas by the Director General, Ifedayo Adetifa.
He said, “In line with the routine travel tests required of all international travelers and genomics sequencing at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control through its National Reference laboratory, Abuja confirms Nigeria’s first case of the Omicron variant.
“Genomics sequencing of positive cases from routine day two testing for travelers to Nigeria identified two cases of Omicron variant among travelers from South Africa who arrived in Nigeria last week.
”Retrospective sequencing of previously confirmed cases among travelers to Nigeria also identified the omicron variant among samples collected in October 2021.”