COVID-19: Ondo hits 47 cases, Seven deaths, battles 113 suspected cases

By: Ade Adeleke

……Present yourself for Testing if you patronized Okrika clothes in Akure.

…….as Akeredolu bans Football Viewing Centres as European leagues return.

Ondo state yesterday Tuesday recorded four fresh COVID-19 cases but no details of the patients yet.

This takes the total cases in the state to 47.

On monday, panic and palpable apprehension gripped residents of Ondo state as the state government confirmed seven fatalities out of forty three cases of deadly coronavirus pandemic recorded in the state.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who disclosed the 7 deaths to journalists in Akure, expressed worries over the rising cases of the virus in the state especially community transmission.

SUNSHINETRUTH gathered that the rising cases of community transmission of the disease is already overstretching the state isolation centres in Akure.

However, Akeredolu explained that, “the total cases on admission (in ondo state) are 14, total number of deaths 7, Total discharged cases – 22.

“These are out of 568 total cases reported, 663 total samples collected and 655 total lab results received. We are currently following 113 contacts.

“What these tell us is that COVID -19 is fully here with us and that community transmission is now a reality. For avoidance of doubt and to explain the situation in simpler form, community transmission of COVID-19 simply means the spread of this deadly disease within our communities and within the state from persons to persons.

“In other words, it is a spread by people who have come into contact with those who had earlier been infected,” Akeredolu lamented.

The governor advised the people of Akure who recently patronised sellers of second hand used clothes known as okrika at Ojaoba, to report themselves for testing at government’s hospitals.

As various football leagues return this month in Europe after COVID-19 lockdown, the governor also banned operations of Premiership and football viewing centres across the state to stop community transmission of coronavirus pandemic.

A female seller of okrika clothes and shoes was the forty-first COVID-19 case who escaped from Imo State isolation centre but tracked down at Ojaoba market in Akure where she was selling second hand used fabrics and shoes to unsuspected buyers.

Mr Akeredolu urged whoever went to the market and had a contact with the woman to report at Government’s hospital for testing and treatment in their own interest and good of the state.

The governor noted that the 7:00pm to 7:00am curfew imposed by government was still in place and enjoined the residents to pull together and take total control against COVID-19 pandemic

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