Osun records 5 cases of UK COVID-19 strain

Osun records 5 cases of UK COVID-19 strain

The Osun State Government on Sunday said five people had tested positive to the deadly B117 strain of coronavirus (COVID-19), which was first reported in the United Kingdom.


Mrs Funke Egbemode, the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, said this in a statement in Osogbo.


Egbemode, who noted that the case was worrisome, said that barely a week after the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced the discovery of the strain in the country, Osun already had five cases.


“Considering the continued disregard and defiance for safety protocols in the state, the government is extremely concerned about the days ahead.


“This new strain spreads faster and kills quicker.


“If it continues to grow, more citizens will become vulnerable and those with underlying ailments, are more endangered,’’ she said.


Egbemode stressed that Nigerians could not continue to act as if COVID-19 was not real.


“It is not just a sad reality but one that has changed momentum with this new strain, which is more deadly.


“Citizens are enjoined to scale up their personal responsibility for safety by complying with all the non-pharmaceutical protocols outlined by the government, so as to avoid tragic consequences,” she said.

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