Nigeria: Three cases of Omicron variant with confirmed travel history to South Africa


The test results “were positive for this variant in three people with a history of travel to South Africa. These cases were recent arrivals to the country in the past week,” the statement said.

“The NCDC assumes that Omicron is prevalent around the world given the increasing number of countries reporting this variant. So it’s a question of when, not if, we will identify more cases.”

Nigeria’s travel advisory has been updated and now requires travelers to the country to pre-book a day 2 and day 7 PCR test and present a negative COVID-19 test result, which must be taken two days before departure.

“Pre-booking and payment for all COVID-19 PCR tests on Days 2 and 7 are prerequisites for travel,” the new travel requirement says.

These are the first known cases of the Omicron variant in Nigeria, the statement said.
Canada also added Nigeria to a list of countries with entry bans, other added countries include Egypt and Malawi.

Foreign nationals who have stayed in one of these countries in the previous 14 days have been barred from entering Canada, under new border measures, which are in addition to southern African countries already on the list of prohibited persons.

Five cases of the variant confirmed in Canada had a history of travel from Nigeria, Canadian health officials said.

Indonesia previously banned the arrival of foreigners who visited Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique and Eswatini in the past 14 days, while requiring a mandatory 14-day quarantine for citizens who had spent time in those countries. .


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