The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Osun, Wole Oyebamiji, has tested positive for coronavirus, an official said.
Mr Oyebamiji ànd ten others were confirmed positive on Tuesday.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Health, Rafiu Isamotu, the reason for the recent rise in coronavirus cases in Osun cannot be disconnected from lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by residents.
“If you observe, our cases have been on the rise consistently in the last two weeks or so. The reason is simple. Our people are beginning to be too casual about the spread of the virus. The lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines is one of the main reasons for the rise.”
“As a matter of fact, we are beginning to suspect that we have community transmission around Ilesa axis.”
“Government is reviewing the cases. Soon, we shall announce other stricter measures to contain the spread of the virus in that axis.”
“Today, we intensified our enforcement drive. All those arrested were made to go through a compulsory course on Covid-19 preventive protocols.”
“We will go a step further by setting up a mobile court to try and sentence violators of safety protocols and guidelines. We must collectively join hands with the government to contain the spread of the virus.”
“Also, I want to confirm to you that our SSG and some of the staff around him have tested positive to the virus. But they are all in stable condition and are receiving adequate medical care.”
“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Tuesday, June 30, is 74. We have 127 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 48 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Mr Isamotu said.
He warned that government might be forced to impose another lockdown on the state.