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PTF confirms discovery of UK COVID-19 strain in Nigeria



The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday confirmed the discovery of the United Kingdom COVID-19 strain in Nigeria.

The Chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this during the task force media briefing in Abuja, said four patients had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 strain.

According to him, three of the victims are returnees from abroad while the fourth case was discovered in the country.

The B117 strain of COVID-19 was first reported in the UK and South Africa late last year.

Mustapha said: “Over the last few weeks, the PTF has been closely following the rising number of COVID-19 infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions. Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.

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“There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain, first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travellers out of Nigeria and one a resident.”

The PTF chairman urged Nigerians to comply fully with the COVID-19 protocols.

He also disclosed that the country had recorded 11, 179 cases from 58,974 tests conducted in the last seven days.

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