The National Public Health Institute of Liberia says it has detected three variants of COVID-19 circulating in Liberia. In a release issued Tuesday, July 13, 2021, NPHIL said that as of April 20, 2021, sequenced COVID-19 samples have confirmed this information.
The B.1.1.7, known as the Alpha variant from the U.K. is of concern and is the dominant strain found in samples sequenced from Liberia. This Variant has increased associated hospitalizations and death.
They also named the B.1.525, which they said is a variant of interest. Its transmissibility is lesser than the alpha strain and does not show increase hospitalizations and death.
The NPHIL named the B. 1.1.318 next, stating that it is a variant under scientific and epidemiological investigation.
Meanwhile the National Public Health Institute of Liberia is urging every Liberian to follow the health protocol announced by the health authority.