By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government on Sunday confirmed the death of two of its Covid-19 patients.
The State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola who confirmed this while addressing journalists at the Government House said out of the 12 new cases of COVID-19 patients, two have died.
According to the Governor, the two confirmed deaths are from Ede and Ile-Ife.
Oyetola noted that the State did what it needed to do in the fight against the pandemic by responding early and reacting strategically when the situation placed a demand on the government but that compromise and disobedience by some citizens has brought about retrogression in the battle against the pandemic.
The effect of the compromise, according to the Governor was the 12 new confirmed cases recently reported, and two fatalities, both of whom were males with underlying health conditions.
His words: “the State of Osun made significant progress in the fight against coronavirus in two weeks, having no new confirmed cases and discharging 19 of the 20 successfully without any death. We were on our way to containing the virus, in spite of the galloping figures in other states.
“However, it is saddening that we have recorded 12 new cases in the State, including three of our health workers, with two fatalities, both of whom were males with underlying health conditions.
“Six of the new detected 12 cases were returnees from neighboring West African country, Benin Republic; two recently returned to the State from Lagos; three had contact with previously confirmed cases; while the remaining one, who was suffering from Tuberculosis, was hurriedly ferried in from Ibadan.
“The cases we have on our hands are simply the consequences of breaching the lockdown directives of the State Government by some citizens of the state,” he added.
He, however, maintained the government was doing everything possible to prevent community transmission, and that it had begun contact tracing across the affected local government areas.
The Governor appealed to residents to stop encouraging their families and friends, who are currently outside of the State to return home, as doing so would further endanger the lives of those in the State.
Oyetola also appealed to security agents manning the State boundaries to diligently search vehicles coming into the State under the guise of transporting food items, noting that some of them were being used for ferrying people into the State in clear breach of the lockdown.
While acknowledging the economic impact of the lockdown on citizens and the State as a whole, he said that “the earlier the State flattens the curve of COVID-19, the sooner it is for our economy to bounce back.