The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that six new cases of the B117 strain of COVID-19 have been found in the country.
NCDC confirmed this on Monday, February 1, 2021, through its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing in Abuja; stating that with the reported six cases of the new variant, the number of cases is now seven.
Channels TV reported that the NCDC DG who lamented over the rising number of deaths in the country, stressed that the COVID-19 strain which was first reported in the United Kingdom is deadlier and as such, Nigerians must be careful.
According to Dr Ihekweazu, in the last week, 75 health workers have reportedly tested positive, a report which he describes as worrisome.
The NCDC Boss, however, revealed that rapid test kits have been approved in five hospitals within the FCT, adding that the plan is to later deploy the kits to other parts of the country.
He enjoined Governors to approach the NCDC for guidance on how to use the kits; urging all stakeholders to help stop the increasing level of stigma around the virus, which is making many people stay away from getting tested.
Last Monday, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) announced that the COVID-19 strain first reported in the United Kingdom had been discovered in Nigeria.
The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, who made this known said scientists found the variant in Nigeria after a long time of sequencing.
Mr Mustapha appealed strongly to all Nigerians to take responsibility and stay very safe.