COVID-19: Osun records 13 deaths in seven days

The Government of Osun State, on Monday, announced that it had lost 13 of its COVID-19 patients in the last seven days.

This is as it urged residents of the state to be wary of the costly assumption that the state was completely free of the COVID-19 virus.

It also said that the state was now in the grips of the third wave of the dreaded disease which is compounded by the fast spreading new variant known as the COVID-DELTA.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, on Monday after the weekly State Executive Council meeting, she disclosed that the state government was warning all residents to take responsibility for their personal safety and the safety of their family members, adding that continued disregard for safety protocols would only result in more fatalities.

Egbemode explained that the inevitable resurgence of the COVID-DELTA variant is gradually obliterating the commendable gains the state had recorded in the fight against COVID-19 in the last one year.

She attributed the resurgence to the fact that the people have almost totally let down their guards.

In her words, “In just one week, we recorded 13 COVID-19 related deaths. The government is worried about this sad turn of events.

“Let us be reminded that Osun is not an Island, We are surrounded by other states and people move into and outside the state everyday for socio-economic reasons.

“We need to take responsibility for our safety, especially considering the fact that what we are dealing with in this third wave is deadlier than the first two waves.”

Egbemode called for deliberate action with regards to safety and urged the people to submit themselves to be tested in order to be sure of their status, especially at the first sign of illness.

She hinted that assumption at this time could be costly as early detection is still as important because self medication thins the survival margin.

While maintaining that the government will continue to shore up its efforts at combating the pandemic and its effect, she enjoined citizens to ensure absolute adherence to the non-pharmaceutical safety protocols “of always wearing face masks, keeping clean surface at home and work spaces, washing and sanitising hands with liquid soap under running water as often as possible and to avoid crowded spaces altogether.”

“The more nonchalant and careless we become at a time like this, the more we open ourselves up to the dangerous effects of the pandemic”, she concluded.