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Imo leads Nigeria’s 145 new COVID-19 cases



IMO State is leading in 145 additional cases of COVID-19 recorded in nine states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday.

  A post on Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)’s verified website said the additional infections in the country moved up to 253,685, indicating there was an increase from the 35 cases recorded the previous day.

  It noted that three deaths were reported in the country, as the country’s total death toll is now 3,139.

  The agency added that Imo state led on the list with 65 infections, while Lagos, Ondo and Kano reported 36, 20 and 6 cases respectively. Osun and Rivers registered six cases each while other records are the FCT (3), Delta, Kaduna, and Ogun, one each.

  According to it, a total of 230,126 Nigerian residents have recovered from COVID-19.

  The agency added that the Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country and ‘BA.2,’ the sub-variant of the strain, is more prevalent in India now.

  “The B.1.1.529 lineage of COVID-19 was named Omicron. However, it was discovered later that this lineage has certain sub-variations. The three most common types are: “B.1.1.529.1 (BA.1– currently predominant), B.1.1.529.2 (BA.2 – raised concerns) and (B.1.1.529.3 (BA.3). It could be more infectious, but there has been no evidence that flags it as more harmful,” it added.

  Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO), on February 1, pointed that the BA.2 sub-variant has been detected in 57 countries, predominantly in Asia and Europe.

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