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NCDC Warns On Emergence Of New Variants Of COVID-19



Nigerians have been warned on the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 which might increase the number of cases already recorded.

The disclosure was made by the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ifedayo Adetifa.

According to Adetifa, the threat of the COVID-19 virus remains within countries and globally and particularly for high-risk groups.

Reacting to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus’ declaration of COVID-19 no longer being a public health emergency of international concern, Adetifa stated that the declaration was made to enable countries’ transition from acute emergency response to managing COVID-19 as part of integrated healthcare delivery for all infectious diseases.

He said;

“As transmission continues within communities, the risk of new variants emerging and resulting in surges in case numbers and even deaths remains.”

The NCDC DG also said that the declaration was made after a careful review of current evidence that showed there was high population-level immunity from the SARS-CoV-2 infection, improved knowledge of the virus and management of confirmed COVID-19 cases, a decline in the global burden of the virus and a steady increase in vaccine uptake across countries.

Adetifa also noted that Nigeria had already de-escalated its COVID-19 response since 2022 in response to local epidemiology, focused on encouraging COVID-19 vaccination and recommended discretionary use of face masks and other public health safety measures according to personal risk assessments.

The NCDC has however, continued to encourage routine COVID-19 testing along with other infectious diseases as might be indicated in healthcare settings as part of clinical care for pandemic flu preparedness.



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