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NCDC Says no Death from Omicron Variant Yet in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC), says no person in Nigeria has died of COVID-19 with the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, the Omicron variant, in the country, as the variant surges across the country.

 

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, who disclosed this to newsmen today in Abuja said that the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is attributed to low testing, vaccine hesitancy and increase in social gatherings and travelings for the festive period.

 

While noting that the country has identified 45 cases of the omicron variant so far, the NCDC boss said that the centre has launched a yuletide season campaign with the theme #CelebrateResponsibly to mitigate the impact of the 4th wave of COVID-19 that may be aggravated by yuletide activities.

 

He further advised Nigerians that the further measures to curb the spread of Omicron was by reducing group sizes, increasing physical distancing, reducing duration of contacts and closing high-risk premises.

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