The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is observing all countries with increasing COVID cases, adding that the COVID-19 Omicron sub-lineages partly responsible for the current increase in COVID-19 cases in China, the United States, and the United Kingdom have not yet been detected in the country.
The NCDC disclosed this on yesterday, in an update on COVID-19 genomic surveillance signed by its Director General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa.
Adetifa also said country-targeted travel restrictions including requests for PCR-negative tests from incoming travellers had little or no effect on preventing global and national circulation of omicron since the emergence of the variant and its relatives with their shorter incubation period.
“The NCDC-led COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring COVID-19 trends in China, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, and other countries with a high volume of traffic to and from Nigeria.
“The NCDC will continue to pay close attention to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in other countries and gather additional surveillance data to inform actions”, he added.