By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State has recorded seven deaths and 73 cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two weeks.
The state government, in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, on Friday, warned residents against disregard for safety measures as the third wave of the virus sweeps the country.
”It had become imperative for citizens to consciously take personal responsibility for their own safety because the third wave of this dreaded disease has berthed in Osun. In the last two weeks, the state has recorded 74 cases with 7 mortality. We can no longer afford to treat our protection with levity.
“We must wear masks religiously and avoid crowded spaces like a plague. It is becoming more obvious that our lives depend on how well we adhere to safety protocols.
“Osun’s daily coronavirus case tallies and mortality rate are becoming alarming. The effects of the virus keeps getting worse by the day because our compliance level is deplorable and alarming.
“Our people need to take responsibility for their own safety, by ensuring that they take the Covid-19 test to be sure of their status, especially when they feel ill. Let us leave no chance for costly assumptions and be deliberate about boosting our immunity.
“Partying and appearances at densely populated locations has become dangerous all over. We are back to ground zero with the virus, and we cannot continue to pretend like it doesn’t exist.
“The current statistics signal a precarious situation. With 74 positive cases in the last two weeks, from which ten percent mortality was recorded, continued disregard for safety guidelines and protocols by citizens may result in more frightening statistics with time.
“While the government continues to upscale efforts in combating the pandemic and its effect on the state, citizens should ensure adherence to the safety protocols outlined by the different layers of government. Wear your mask always, keep clean surfaces at home and in workspaces, wash or sanitise your hands and avoid crowded spaces always.
“The more nonchalant and careless we become this season, the more we open ourselves up to the dangerous effects of the pandemic,” the statement read.