Nigerian scientists have identified seven lineages of SARS-CoV-2

Quartz (09/07/2020)
  • Nigeria had 55,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,057 deaths as of September 7th.
  • Viral lineages result from evolutions of a virus, so tracking the coronavirus’s lineage allows scientists to create methods to contain new strains of the virus.
  • The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control has discovered seven lineages of the coronavirus in Nigeria that have different origins from around the globe.
  • Monitoring mutations is important because changes in the strain of a virus require a new vaccine for that virus.