Oyo State: Two Persons Die Of COVID-19 Delta Variant
Two persons have been reported killed in Oyo State after been infected with the deadly COVID-19 Delta variant.
The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo said one other person is in state isolation facility and receiving medical attention.
Oyo state government announced on Sunday it had found the Delta strain of the coronavirus which entered into the state through movement of people travelling around the world.
W.H.O. said this variant first detected in India and now in at least 90 countries, has high transmission, and increase severity of infection.
Authorities in the state said they have begun contact tracing and urged the general public to take extra caution.
Oyo State Confirms COVID-19 Delta Variant
Oyo State task force on COVID-19 says the deadly delta variant has now been detected in Oyo. The state incident manager and coordinator of the emergency operations centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, notified the public in a statement on Sunday asking the general public to take extra caution. The delta strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes.
Last week Thursday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had said on Thursday, the coronavirus delta variant first discovered in India has been confirmed in Nigeria, in a traveller, following the routine travel test made compulsory for all international travellers.
In a latest data released today Monday, NCDC says 12 new COVID-19 cases have been reported from 3 states- Akwa Ibom (6), Ogun (4), and Rivers 2 cases, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive in the country to 168,552 and 2,124 deaths.
The variant, has already been detected in more than 90 countries, and is expected to spread to others.
Oyo COVID-19 task force has warned residents of the state to continue complying all advisories at curtailing the spread of the virus.
Ugandans To Be Jailed For Violating COVID Rules
As Uganda is currently going through a second wave of the pandemic, the country’s health ministry as announced that residents who violate the COVID pandemic control restrictions may go to jail for up to two months.
The health ministry in a statutory document containing the new rules stated that those found operating banned businesses such as bars, night clubs, cinemas and shops selling non-food items face time in prison.
Scientists have predicted the recent surge in COVID cases in the country could peak between late July and early August.
Also, the current lockdown measures also restrict cultural ceremonies like weddings to only 20 persons, and anyone found hosting a larger number or heads of households or owners of premises or property who fail to report people infected with COVID-19 to health officials might likewise be jailed.
Not wearing a mask outside of one’s residence or assisting someone to escape from quarantine, could land one in jail.
Since the start of the pandemic, the east African country has recorded more than 83,000 positive cases and over 1,900 fatalities.
Security forces have in some cases meted out violence on the public while enforcing control measures and several people have been killed since the country first went into lockdown in March 2020.
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