FG experts panel to meet today to plan additional regulations to prevent India’s deadly COVID-19 variant

According to The Punch Newspapers, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that the issue would be discussed at the ministerial experts’ committee meeting on Monday, 26th of April, 2021.

“We resolved to add additional control measures, but we shall discuss all ideas tomorrow (Monday) at the ministerial expert committee meeting,” the minister simply said.

India is currently going through a devastating second wave of COVID-19 with confirmed cases and deaths heightening in the past weeks and recording more than a quarter-million cases per day.

One of the new variants circulating in India is referred to as the “double mutant” though it is officially called B.1.617.

With many Indians in Nigeria and the fact that the index case of the virus in the country was an Italian, there are concerns that the Indian strain may find its way into Nigeria if proper control measures are not put in place.

India is said to have overtaken Brazil to become the second-most affected country in the world.

With the second wave of wreaking havoc in India, a third mutation in this B.1.617 strain has now been identified in at least four states.

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