Nigeria: Government investigates allegations of UK mutant coronavirus detection in Nigeria – PTF

The federal government is investigating claims by Nigerian scientists that a mutated variant of the coronavirus recently discovered in the United Kingdom has existed in Nigeria for several months.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Working Group (PTF) for COVID-19, dr. Sani Aliyu, who discovered this, said the PTF was in contact with scientists from the University of the Redeemer, Nigeria, in Ede, Osun state, who conducted studies that discovered the UK mutant variant of the coronavirus “lineage B.1.1.7”.

Aliyu said Professor Christian Happi, a professor of molecular biology and genomics, and another scientist, Ify Aniebo, both from the African Center of Excellence for Infectious Disease Genomics, Redeemer University, Nigeria, reported collecting samples from Osun State in August and October. both showed the presence of a new variant.

“We have contacted Professor Happy to seek further clarification in this regard, and we are also talking to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC. What is really important at this stage is that sequencing be done immediately. I know the order of sex Happy’s group is in the past did about 250 samples, so that’s really small.

“What we were supposed to do and most of the things he did were in August or September, so we’re a lot further now and what we need to do is make sure we deploy as many outlets as we have now,” Aliyu said.

With the help of development fears, the PTF coordinator stated that it is not unusual for coronavirus strains to replicate very quickly, although he emphasized that the new UK version can now be found in other countries.

“Just to alleviate public anxiety, the species described in the UK, and also now in South Africa, Australia and some other countries, has been shown to be more transferable based on forest research.