New COVID-19 Strain Found in Nigeria

A third variant of the COVID-19 virus was reported in Nigeria and was identified to be a strain different from the one recently reported in the UK.

A third variant of the COVID-19 virus was reported in Nigeria and was identified to be a strain different from the one recently reported in the UK.

John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention explained that the newly discovered P681H strain is unlike the British variant.

“Give us some time. … It’s still very early,” said Nkengasong after the announcement.

Nkengasong said the identification of the P681H was based on two or three genetic sequences and said that they would conduct more research.

P681H was reportedly found in two patient samples collected on Aug. 3 and on Oct. 9 in Nigeria’s Osun State.

Despite Nigeria’s rising daily caseload, P681H was believed to not be the cause.

South Africa’s health minister Zwelini Mkhize reported 14,000 new cases Wednesday with more than 400 deaths.

Mkhize said the situation was “alarming” and “unrelenting.”


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