The Osun government has announced that five persons tested positive for the deadly B117 strains of coronavirus, which was first reported in the United Kingdom.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, disclosed this in a statement issued in Osogbo.
Egbemode, who noted that the case was worrisome, said barely a week that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced the discovery of the strain in Nigeria, Osun already had five cases.
She said: “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 momentum with this more deadly strain,” the commissioner said.
She enjoined citizens to scale up their personal responsibilities for safety by complying with all the non-pharmaceutical protocols outlined by government to avoid tragic consequences.