Ondo NOA Decries Non-Adherence to COVID-19 Protocols

One thousand, three hundred and sixty seven, coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in Ondo State with government blaming the rise on non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

The Ondo State epidemiologist, Dr Stephen Fagbemi while briefing newsmen in Akure said, out of the four thousand, one hundred and thirty seven new suspected cases, forty-four tested positive within the past four days with total number of deaths moving up to twenty-eight with fatality rate at two percent.

Dr Fagbemi also said active COVID-19 cases in the state stood at two hundred and seventy from seventeen local governments with Akure South, Ondo West and Okitipupa having eighty percent of the cases.

The chairman, Inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 and vice chancellor, University of Medical Science, Professor Adesegun Fatusi blamed the upsurge in cases on refusal of residents to abide by the health protocols and warned against crowded environments, saying that defaulters would be dealt with in accordance with COVID-19 laws.

Meanwhile the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Ondo State has charged the government to be more effective in the enforcement of the COVID-19 laws.

The Deputy Director of NOA in Ondo State, Mrs Wumi Famuyiwa while speaking with Radio Nigeria on the rising cases of COVID-19 in the state insisted that government needs to do more by strictly enforcing the protocols to flatten the curve of the scourge.

It was observed that many residents in the state have of late been indifferent to directives issued by government to contain the virus.

Most residents usually go about public places without facemasks except banks, while other rules such regular hand-washing in public places, social distancing at occasions and in vehicles were being flouted without resistance from the law enforcement agents.

Olorunferanmi Odofin

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