Two additional fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic on Friday with 197 fresh cases were reported across five states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed this in its daily COVID-19 report on Saturday morning.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 197 additional cases recorded on Friday imply a rise from the 47 cases reported in the country on Friday, December 3.
Nexus News recalls that World Health Organisation (WHO) had said the omicron variant, now recognized in 38 countries, seems to be more infectious than the COVID-19 delta variant.
WHO had said there was an indication of heightened transmissibility, stressing that; “what we need to understand is if it’s more or less transmissible compared to delta.
“Omicron has some 30 mutations on the spike protein, which is the mechanism used to bind to human cells.
“Some of these mutations are associated with higher transmission and the ability to escape immune protection,” WHO had said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian public health institute said the country’s fatality toll from the disease now stood at 2,980.
Furthermore, NCDC added that till date, 214, 513 cases had been ascertained with 207,403 cases discharged and 2,980 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The 197 cases are in the following states: Lagos (138), Rivers (23), FCT (18), Imo (15), Bauchi (1), and Gombe (1), it stated.
The health agency said that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, proceeds to coordinate the national response activities.
NCDC added that a total of 3,580,510 blood samples have been tested since the pandemic began across the country.
In the same vein, South African scientists established that omicron is correlated with a “substantial ability” to re-infect people who already had COVID-19, compareed with past variants of the virus.
Published by the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, the study has not yet been peer-reviewed.