The news comes as cases are surging in both Nigeria and South Africa. In the past week, Nigeria reported a 52 per cent increase in cases and South Africa a 40 per cent increase, Nkengasong said.
He said there was no evidence the new variant was contributing to increased transmission in Nigeria, but cautioned the country does less genomic surveillance than Britain.
The Nigeria CDC and the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria will study more samples, Nkengasong said.
“Give us some time … It’s still very early,” he said, in response to questions about the variant.