Covid-19: Ghana and Nigeria report first cases of Omicron variant

Thursday, 02 December 2021 14:30
Covid-19: Ghana and Nigeria report first cases of Omicron variant

(Togo First) - Ghana and Nigeria just reported their first cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

Nigeria, the most populated country of the continent, made the announcement on December 1st. It confirmed three cases, among travelers who came from SA last week. The Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) revealed the information in a statement.

On the same day, Ghana, Togo's direct neighbor, announced its first Omicron variant cases in travelers from Nigeria and South Africa. This was revealed by the Ghanaian health authorities.

If these discoveries coincide with a visit of the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Abuja, Nigeria, as part of a West African tour, they also come at a time when many countries in the world are taking restrictive measures towards passengers coming from South Africa, because of the new variant.

For the time being, Togo has decided to impose a mandatory 72-hour quarantine on passengers coming from the Rainbow Nation, as the virulence of the new variant sparks debates among experts.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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