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Omicron still dominant COVID variant in Nigeria – NCDC

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NIGERIA Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said that Omicron variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain as three deaths were recorded on Saturday.

  According to NCDC, out of 145 new COVID cases registered on Saturday, Imo state led with 65 while Lagos reported 36 cases, Ondo 20 and Kano 6.

  Osun and Rivers registered six cases each. FCT logged three cases, while Delta, Kaduna, and Ogun, had one each. In all, nine states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) reported new cases.

  While confirmed infections stood at 253,685, the death toll also rose to 3,139 with total discharged cases now 230,126.

  A post on the agency’s website explained that while Omicron variant is the dominant variant in the country, ‘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) which could be more infectious, but there has been no evidence that flags it as more harmful,” it reads.

  It will be recalled that World Health Organisation (WHO), on February 1, said that BA.2 sub-variant has been detected in 57 countries, predominantly in Asia and Europe.

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