Coronavirus is not a fraud- Delta state governor warns

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Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta Governor, has lifted the alarm over the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the state.
According to him, the rising numbers are due to the fact that the virtue has reached community transmission phase, expanding that the virus had reached an alarming and shocking fraction.

In a signed affidavit, Saturday, Okowa said that it was sad that many persons still think that the Coronavirus disease was a fraud. It cannot be a hoax when over 20 persons have died including some well-known citizens.

He went further to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realise that the coronavirus infection is real,

He also disclosed that the s at Saturday, number of confirmed cases of the virus in the state was 78. On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Delta State recorded 106 cases, coming second after Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic. The latest figure from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows that on Friday, June 26, Delta recorded 66 extra cases.

So far the total number of infected persons in the State is now 781. The local administrations mostly affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66),’ ’ Okowa stated. He explained that “the State Government allowed regular business activities to go on in important sectors of the economy to enable citizens to take care of their families. It does not in any way suggest that the danger is over.

“We made this conclusion with all sense of duty while counting on your cooperation with the Administration to defeat this virus. Unfortunately, it does appear our people have not taken this matter as seriously as they should.

“Our isolation centres are presently devastated with the number of cases and unless we proactively and altogether take severe actions to reverse the trend, we stand the risk of coming to be another epicentre for the pandemic. In the scarcity of a specific remedying drug, the only way to check the transmission of the virus is for all of us to embrace strictly to the NCDC-issued guidelines and safety protocols.

He calls out Deltans to brace up and take responsibility for our collective health and safety NOW.

“It is very disconcerting that many of our people still walk the streets without wearing a face mask or even observing physical/social distancing. The governor decreed that henceforth, banks, supermarkets, malls, stores, salons, and motorists must admit restricted individuals per time and strictly enforce the physical/social distancing rule.

“In improvement to providing hand wash stations/alcohol-based sanitizers, banks, salons, supermarkets, stores, and malls must deny entry to buyers without facemasks. Where there is more than one person, occupants of private vehicles must also wear face masks.

“The number of guests at social events – weddings, funerals, traditional marriages – should not exceed 50 with appropriate physical distance set in place. People without face masks must be turned back. I also implore our religious houses to implement all the safety protocols as agreed.

“Residents in the most affected local governments – Oshimili South, Warri South, Uvwie, Oshimili North, Ughelli North, Ethiope West, and Sapele – are particularly advised to be on red alert. he also emphasise once again that the coronavirus disease is real, and anybody can contact it.

“I call on every inhabitant in the State to act responsibly to insure yourself and others and do not forget to continue praying for God’s merciful intervention to stop this raging pandemic.

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