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COVID-19 Delta Variant: UI, OAU Others Risk Closure As UNILAG Shuts Down Campus, Resumes Virtual Classes

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Subsequent to the fresh cases of the new COVID-19 Delta variants discovered in some parts of the country, Nigeria risks another phase of lockdown.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on July 8th, announced the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Delta variants— SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant, also known as lineage B.1.617.2. in Nigeria.

The variant was detected in a traveler to Nigeria, following the routine travel test required of all international travelers and genomic sequencing at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, Abuja.

According to reports, the new variant has a higher level of transmissibilty compared to other variants of concern.

On July 15th, 2021, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) asked students to vacate their hostels due to rising cases of COVID-19 discovered on the campus.

Naija Banquet can confirm that not fewer than 30 students, including staff members have tested positive to the virus after showing flu-like symptoms.

The daily reports of the NCDC also show a surge in confirmed cases of the virus across the country. For instance, 159 fresh cases were reported on 15th July 2021.

It therefore suffices to say that other institutions of higher learning in Nigeria may suspend their on-site classes and other physical activities on their various campuses and transfer them to their online platforms.

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