COVID-19 New Cases: Oyo Task Force Tells Residents to be Wary

The Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 wants residents of the state to be wary of the dreaded coronavirus, saying the state is yet to defeat the virus.

This is against the backdrop of the state recording 72 new confirmed cases on Friday.

A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde and head of the task force, says that the State will continue to put measures in place to ensure the eradication of the virus in its domain.

According to the statement, 59 of the reported 72 confirmed cases were from a single workplace in Ibadan, while the remaining 13 cases are from the community testing efforts.

It however adds that there is no cause for alarm on the recent development. 

The statement notes that the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) of the State had, in conjunction with the said company, kick-started contact-tracing, while also putting measures in place to better understand and manage the situation.

The statement reads in part “Despite recording 72 positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, we want to tell the people of Oyo State that there is no cause for alarm. Fifty-nine of the 72 cases were recorded in a company based in Ibadan. 

“What this tells us is that the virus is still very much around and that we all need to always remain vigilant, while adhering to the preventive protocols as enumerated by the experts all along,”

“People should understand that the virus is still within our communities, thus there is the need for everyone to continue to comply with COVID-19 protocols and advisories to reduce the spread of the virus within the State.

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde has urged residents of the state to continue to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing, stick to sanitation and hygienic practices such as constant washing of hands and use of sanitisers as well as the use of face masks.

PR/Iyabo Adebisi

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