COVID-19: Delta Variant Now In Oyo-Task Force


COVID-19: Delta Variant Now In Oyo-Task Force

The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, on Sunday, announced the discovery of the dreaded Delta Variant of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, warning residents to take extra precautions.

The State Incident Manager and Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, who confirmed the development, said the general public is notified of the need to take extra caution and consistently apply all adversories earlier released by the state COVID-19 Task Force.

Ladipo, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said 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. As such, this is to warn that the virus is still very much within the society.”

The COVID-19 Task Force therefore admonished residents of the state to continue to comply with all advisories aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

All in-bound travellers were advised to always isolate for seven days and submit themselves for tests, as a way to guide against a further spread of the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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.

“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.

“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,” the statement added.