New COVID-19 variants suspected in Nigeria and South Africa

New COVID-19 variants suspected in Nigeria and South Africa

[Ed. – This would be in addition to the one reported in the UK.  The AP story indicates a separate new variant apparently being tracked in South Africa, as well as the Nigerian variant mentioned in the headline.]

Another new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday, but he added that further investigation was needed.

The discovery could add to new alarm in the pandemic after similar variants were announced in Britain and South Africa, leading to the swift return of international travel restrictions and other measures during a major holiday season.

“It’s a separate lineage from the U.K. and South Africa,” the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, told reporters. He said the Nigeria CDC and the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases would analyze more samples.

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