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Covid-19; Delta Variant Remains Dominant.



According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Delta variant remains the dominant strain of Coronavirus in the country.

The NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, announced this on Monday during the bi-weekly national briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja.

Adetifa, represented by Dr Yahaya Disu, Head of Risk Communication, stated that the Delta variant overwhelmingly dominated the country’s isolation centers.

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According to him, countries in Europe have begun to reintroduce restrictions, some of which have resulted in national protests and unrest.

“Cases have risen sharply in Austria, Netherlands, U.K, Germany and Italy.“We must note that these are regions with considerably high vaccination rates, however, they are seeing surges in COVID-19, leading to make vaccinations mandatory to counter transmission of the virus which unvaccinated persons pose.”

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“I mention these to inform you that COVID-19 is still causing havoc in other countries and we must not take our situation for granted.”

“Rather, we must continue to use preventive measures, safeguard our health and take responsibility. We can work together as we have done in this long-haul response to COVID-19,” he said.

The NCDC director urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they hadn’t already, stating that it was safe and effective, and that it would reduce the occurrences of severe diseases and deaths.

He stated that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has continued to lead the vaccine rollout.

”Just last week, we had the national flag-off of the mass vaccination campaign and are ensuring they are safe and effective vaccines.”

“There are now strategic vaccination sites around the FCT,” he added.

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