By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The highly deadly COVID-19 strain currently ravaging India, has berthed in Nigeria, according to a report by the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in the Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State.
According to the report, the deadly strain was discovered in the country about three weeks ago and has been communicated to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The detection had been listed on GISAID, a global science initiative that provides open access to genomic data of influenza viruses. A notification dated April 25, 2021, sent by Prof. Christian Hapi of the ACEGID to the NCDC read in part: “We have found five sequences of the India B.1.617 in the country, specifically in Edo and Osun states”.
However, it was learnt that subsequent observations showed that so far, the strain had not shown the same kind of viciousness displayed in India where 400,000 persons were infected daily and 157 died per hour.
The Federal Government on Monday rolled out fresh restrictions on large gatherings at worship centres and placed a ban on nightclubs, consequent to reports that the devastating COVID-19 strain in South Africa had spread to 23 other countries. The detection of the Indian strain in Nigeria is said to have contributed to the fresh regulations issued by the Federal Government.