The new variant of the coronavirus currently causing panic and concern in the United Kingdom and the European Union has been identified in Nigeria by scientists at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID), at the Redeemers University.
The new variant, detected in the UK in September and dubbed “lineage B.1.1.7” has triggered the current exponential spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the larger path of the United Kingdom, leading to a travel ban on the UK by some countries and a stay-at-home tier-4 level restriction in the affected paths of the country.
Now, scientists at the Africa Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria, said Monday, through a publication in Virological, a website for the global Genomics community, that they found the same variant “lineage B.1.1.7” existing in Osun State Nigeria since August 3rd when the first sample was collected.
Another sample, also from Osun State, collected in October, correspondingly showed the presence of this new variant.
The BBC has also reported that the UK was first detected the highly infectious variance in September.
In November around a quarter of cases in London were the new variant. This reached nearly two-thirds of cases in mid-December.
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