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Nigeria records first three Omicron COVID infections

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DESPITE the fear of arrival of omicron COVID-19 variant in the country, three cases of the latest mutation of the pandemic have been detected in Nigeria.

  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed the infection while announcing additional 105 COVID-19 infections in Abuja, yesterday.

  The latest figures show that the country now has a total of 214,218 COVID-19 confirmed cases.

  Warning that Nigeria was at risk of registering high incidences of the new variant due to neglect of preventive measures at airports and other points of entry in the country, NCDC said the 105 additional cases was an increase from 21 cases reported in the country the previous day.

  According to the agency, the fresh infections were recorded in eight states and the Federal Capital Territory as follows: Lagos (43), Gombe (21), FCT (16), Niger (10), Rivers (6), Plateau (5), Edo (2), Bauchi (1), and Kano (1).

  It will be recalled that since the emergence of the Omicron variant in the country, the regulatory authorities have put some counter response mechanisms in place including requiring all inbound travelers to Nigeria to present a negative COVID-19 test result done not more than 48hrs before departure.

  Also all outbound passengers regardless of the requirements of destination countries are expected to present evidence of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test done not later than 48 hours before departure.

  Meanwhile, security agents yesterday began enforcing the compulsory COVID-19 vaccine policy of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 as they barred unvaccinated civil servants from entering their offices at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

  Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) were deployed to enforce compliance at the Federal Secretariat.

Civil servants and members of the public who are unable to provide proof of vaccination and a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) at the entrance to the Head of Service building were turned back.

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