UK strain of COVID19 is now found in Nigeria – the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID19 says. The COVID19 Presidential Task Force has announced that the COVID-19 strain of B117 has been recorded in Nigeria.
This was announced by the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, at the PTF briefing on 25 January.
According to Mustapha, four persons have been diagnosed with the B117 strain in Nigeria. He mentioned that, out of the four persons, three are travelers from Nigeria who went to other places while the fourth case was discovered in-country.
“The PTF has been closely monitoring the growing number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions over the last few weeks. Likewise, our colleagues have been decoding the strains of the virus.
There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain, first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travelers out of Nigeria and one a resident” he said
In the UK and South Africa, the strain was first identified.