Five persons have tested positive for the deadly B117 strain of COVID-19, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom (UK).
This was according to the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, in a public announcement titled ‘COVID-19: Osun recording more cases of deadly UK strain’ on Sunday evening.
Egbemode said the new development is particularly worrisome because it is barely a week that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the discovery of the strain in Nigeria, and Osun already has 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 more endangered.
“We cannot continue to act like COVID-19 is not real. It is not just a sad reality but one that has changed the momentum with this more deadly strain.”
She enjoined the people to scale up their personal responsibility for safety by complying with all the non-pharmaceutical protocols outlined by the government.