*tasks residents to be vigilant
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force Incident Manager and Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo on Sunday hinted that the Task Force has uncovered Delta variant COVID-19 in the State.
Dr Ladipo dropped this hint in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He maintained that with the development, there is the need for the general public in the state ” to take extra caution and consistently apply all precautionary measures earlier released by the Task Force”.
” The Task Force wishes to notify the general public of the isolation of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus in the State.
“This strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes”, he said.
Dr Ladipo added, ” as such, this is to warn that the virus is still very much within the society.”, He warned that residents of the state should continue to comply with all advisories aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
” All in-bound travellers to always isolate for seven days and submit themselves for tests. The ‘Own Your Action’ (OYA) initiative of the State Government should be seriously considered by adhering to the guidelines of wearing nose and mouth masks in public gatherings, washing of hands with soap and water and use of hand sanitisers, among others.”
Part of the statement reads, ” The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force hereby appeals to the good people of Oyo State to comply with these and other advisories as they apply to individuals and organisations. It would be appreciated if all in-bound travelers from overseas maintain the mandatory seven-day isolation and subsequent testing before mingling with the populace.”
The statement added, ” in addition, residents are enjoined to seek medical care and avail the opportunity of free testing whenever there’s any feeling of unwellness. Vigilance on the parts of both the Government and the people will surely go a long way in stemming the transmission of this disease within the State.”