COVID-19 Delta Variant Kills 70 In Ondo

The Ondo State Government confirmed that 70 persons have been killed by the COVID-19 Delta variant.

It said it recorded 35 news cases in the last 24 hours.

Vice-Chancellor of University Of Medical Sciences (UNIMEDTH) and Chairman, Ondo Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, who disclosed this Monday while addressing senior civil servants, said seven persons were currently admitted at the state’s isolation centres.

Prof. Fatusi said 24 cases were being monitored.

Fatusi, who accused civil servants of not observing COVID-19 protocols, said the Delta variant was a reality.

He tasked civil servants to help save lives by ensuring that all visitors adhere to laid down protocols.

Fatusi who ruled out the possibility of declaring a lockdown in the State urged the people to always wear face masks as well as wash their hands regularly.

According to him: “There will be no civil service when people are dying. Civil servants should make it a duty for visitors to wear face masks. Let us do our part of the battle.

“There have been COVID 19 related deaths. An associate of mine died at FMC Owo. Once we see a little rise in the hospital it suggests a rise in the community.

“Lockdown is a double-edged sword, particularly for developing countries. When we have lockdown, the massive economic implication is significant.

"Lockdown is not what we need. If we come to a choice between life and lockdown, the choice will be lockdown. We should not get to that point.

“The two jabs of vaccines does not guarantee you will not have COVID-19. The likelihood of death or severe cases is low after taking the two jabs.

“People are not observing COVID-19 protocols. We do not need punitive measures because there is a law in place. COVID-19 is around in a deadlier form.”

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