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UK Variant COVID-19 has landed in Nigeria says PTF.

NewsOne Nigeria reports that UK easily transmissible COVID-19 variant is in Nigeria, Boss Mustapha, chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, announced on Monday.

The Presidential Task Force  said Nigeria has recorded four cases of the variant called B117 strain.

“Over the last few weeks, the PTF had been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions.

“Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants 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 travellers out of Nigeria and one in a resident,” the PTF Chairman said.

This online news platform understands that as at January 24, Nigeria had 121,566; total tests so far were 1,270,523, while active cases were 22,834.

Nigeria has also discharged 97,228 patients and death toll stood at 1,504.

In 7 days, ending Jan. 23, Nigeria conducted 58,974 while cases recorded were 11,179, with a positivity of 19.0 per cent.

“Sixty-two deaths were recorded, with case fatality ratio of 0.6 per cent; active cases stood at 23,568 at 19.4 per cent.

“All these numbers represent increases from the previous seven days and we are looking at taking further public health containment measures in local government areas that are considered high burden,” he explained.

On the activities of the PTF in managing COVID-19, Mustapha said: “The management of cases is gradually improving with the availability of medical oxygen. Government is also fast tracking the rehabilitation of existing plants and construction of new ones as approved by the President.

“The PTF has advanced in the deployment of resources for the national testing week and continues to review the bottlenecks affecting the turnaround time for testing.

“The PTF is improving on the International Travel Portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering,” he said.

Speaking on the phase three eased lockdown, the PTF chairman said the PTF “is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today (on Monday).

“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are (subject to some modifications) extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, Jan. 26,” he said.

On vaccines, he said the expected 100,000 doses would arrive the country in early February.

According to the PTF chairman, the effort to access and deploy vaccines are progressing and as already announced by COVAX, the initial 100,000 doses Nigeria is expecting will now arrive in the early weeks of February.

“We wish to assure all Nigerians that the vaccines will be safe and effective when eventually it is deployed. We enjoin everyone to join in the campaign to eliminate vaccine hesitancy.

“I have to however, advise all Nigerians that the only source of vaccines that is safe and effective in Nigeria is through the channels of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) Please do not patronise any one hawking or marketing vaccines,” the PTF chairman added

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