COVID-19 INDIAN VARIANT DETECTED IN NIGERIA

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The new COVID-19 variant currently ravaging India has been detected in Nigeria as reported by Africa Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in the Redeemer University, Ede, Osun State about three weeks ago has been communicated to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control(NCDC)…

It could be possible that the detection of the new variant in the country has contributed to the fresh regulations issued by the government…

According to Professor Oyewale Tomori, a virologist, and chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19, who is also aware of the detection of the Indian variant. He said it was important for the government to make a public announcement on the new variant.

He also emphasized the need for an increase in the testing capacity in the country as many states were no longer conducting the COVID-19 test.

According to him, the strain is not yet as fierce in NIGERIA as it is in India...

Dr.Japhet Olugbogi, the chairman, Committee on Infectious Disease for the Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos branch while featuring on the program on Television Continental, Your view on Tuesday, stated that the guidelines released by the presidential Committee on Covid-19 to curtail the spread of the virus was a way of being proactive…

He said it was essential for the government to do so as most people in the country have let their guards down, hence, the guideline by the government was necessary to further curtail
the spread and that until COVID-19 was defeated in every part of the world, Nigerians need to continue putting up preventive measures to curtail the pandemic…

Dr.Timi Olubiyi, a financial analyst speaking, said that the restrictions set up by the federal government will affect the economy negatively, and may further create ‘inflationary pressure’, noting that if transportation is hindered, it will have a negative turn on the prices of goods.

He further said that the government has done right by being proactive, but needs to do more in the area of palliatives to back up their Covid-19 policies and that people will adhere if they have expectations of palliatives.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Steering Committee on Tuesday advised Nigerians to disregard a video clip being circulated on various social media platforms as the new guidelines released by the committee, adding that the viral clip is old.

According to the PSC, the audiovisual clip of the national coordinator under the defunct PTF circulating on social media is an old video and has nothing to do with the recent guidelines released…

The committee further explained that the guidelines, issued in 2020, were reissued on Monday to serve as a reminder that COVID-19 is still virulent…

The PSC urged the general public to disregard the video clip making the rounds on social media platforms and rather comply with the reissued guidelines as they go about their activities to avoid a surge in the country…

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