Breaking: Osun Government Issues Alert On Deadly UK COVID-19 Strain
Osun state government said it has recorded five cases of the more virulent and deadly B117 COVID-19 strain first reported in the United Kingdom in the state.
The government said it is worried because it was barely a week ago that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the discovery of the strain in Nigeria.
“Considering the continued disregard and defiance for safety protocols in the state, the government is extremely concerned about the days ahead,” Funke Egbemode, Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation said.
“This new strain spreads faster and kills quicker. If it continues to grow, more citizens will become vulnerable and those with underlying ailments more endangered.
“We cannot continue to act like COVID-19 is not real. It is not just a sad reality but one that has changed momentum with this more deadly strain.
“Citizens are enjoined to scale up their personal responsibility for safety by complying with all the non-pharmaceutical protocols outlined by the government, to avoid tragic consequences”, she added.
According to data from health agency, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Osun has 1,516 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as at Saturday, January 30.