THIRTEEN cases of the new strain of COVID-19 have been found in Nigeria, the Presidential Task Force – PTF, on COVID-19 Pandemic has revealed.
Chairman of the PTF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, who made this known on Monday, said that six of the dreaded new strain of COVID-19, initially found in the United Kingdom – UK, and South Africa were discovered in the last one week.
“The PTF (through the NCDC) is working with the Africa CDC on genomic surveillance. A total of 13 B117 variant strain have so far been detected in Nigeria.
“Six out of these numbers were detected in the last one week and they all came out of samples collected between November and January.
“Testing is still being aggressively pursued as a viable strategy and the PTF shall continue to appeal to not just the citizens to get tested but call on sub-national entities to ensure that capacity of the laboratories that have been established within their jurisdictions be fully maximized.
“This will help reduce the burden on the National Reference Laboratory and the attendant lengthy turnaround time for test results”, he said.