UK variant strain of COVID-19 now in Nigeria, four persons found with it

The PTF has confirm that the deadly B117 strain of COVID-19, first reported in the United Kingdom and also in South Africa, has been found in Nigeria.

This was disclosed on Monday in Abuja by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the pandemic and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.

While expressing concern over increasing numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 in the last one week, he also announced that after reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which was expired on Monday, the task force has extended the implementation of the guidelines by one month.

He noted that the PTF had been monitoring developments around case management in the country and other parts of the world, explaining that four persons had been diagnosed with the B117 strain.

He added that while three were travellers from Nigeria to other places, the fourth person was discovered in the country.

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