Japan records first Omicron variant case; NCDC insist no record of Omicron variant in Nigeria

Japan has confirmed its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

The government says the infected person recently arrived from the southern African country of Namibia.

The man in his 30s tested positive for the coronavirus, on Sunday, at Narita Airport near Tokyo.

He has been quarantined at a designated facility since his sample was sent for analysis.

Nigeria’s Government on Monday insisted Nigeria is yet to record a case of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19, despite Canadian authorities’ claims that two passengers from Nigeria had tested positive.

Speaking at the Presidential Steering Committee briefing in Abuja, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ifedayo Adetifa, said there was no need to give in to speculations.

“I do not encourage citizens to waste energy on speculating,” he said. “I think what we need to do is to focus on what we actually know. And what we know, for now, is that we do not have a case in Nigeria at the moment.

“Now, we have a pipeline of samples that are in process, whose results will be ready tomorrow; so this situation, of course, can change.”

Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said authorities were “adopting a watchful, waiting posture.”


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