COVID-19 Delta variant kills 70 in Ondo

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Seventy persons have been killed by the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences and Chairman, Ondo Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi has disclosed.

Besides Ondo State has recorded 35 news cases in the last 24 hours, he said on Monday while addressing senior civil servants, said seven persons were currently admitted at the state’s isolation centres while 24 cases are under observation.

Fatusi warned civil servants against violating COVID-19 protocols and tasked them to help save lives by ensuring that all visitors adhere to laid down protocols.

He ruled out the possibility of declaring a lockdown in the State and  urged citizens to always wear face mask as well as wash their hands regularly.

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

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

“Lock down 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, ” he warned.