B117, the new strain of the coronavirus has been recorded in Nigeria, the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 reported.

During a press briefing on Monday, January 25, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force gave this update.

He revealed that four persons have been diagnosed with the B117 strain which was first reported in United Kingdom and South Africa. According to him, three of these four persons are travellers from Nigeria but the last one is a resident.


He said;

“Over the last few weeks, the PTF has been closely following the rising number of infections reported daily in Nigeria and in other jurisdictions. Similarly, our scientists have been sequencing the variants of the virus.

There have been reports of cases with the B117 variant strain, first reported in the UK, found in Nigeria. Three of these were in travellers out of Nigeria and one a resident”