Okowa renews call for strict observance of COVID-19 protocols

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Okowa, Delta State Governor

THE Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has restated the need for all residents of the state to observe all precautionary measures against COVID-19 as this remains the only way to checkmate community transmission.

Okowa told journalists on Thursday in Asaba, the state capital that the level of infection of coronavirus in the state and other parts of the country was becoming worrisome.

He said that the state has 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 due to community transmission, and  despite the fact that the level of infection was accelerating, a lot of people still choose not to believe that the pandemic is real.

He disclosed that the treatment centres in the state were already full, and that caution was needed to manage the alarming rate of infection and transmission. 

The governor stressed the need for people to be at alert and although many people will remain asymptomatic, those with the symptoms should go to the hospital for treatment before they become a big risk to their family, friends and colleagues.

Okowa promised that his administration would do everything to manage the situation, and appealed to residents to avoid large congregation of people, wear their face mask in public, maintain physical distancing, and wash their hand regularly.

According to him, the 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as at June 18, 2020 was largely due to the failure of people to obey the protocols for the containment of the disease.

He said: “We have lost 18 persons to COVID-19 in Delta, including very prominent persons and people are still telling us that there is no COVID-19. 

“In just two days (June 17 and June 18, 2020), we had 83 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the state; in spite of this obvious fact, some Deltans are still doubting.

“It is time for us to realise that there is community transmission of the disease, which can affect anybody if adequate care was not taken.”

Okowa insisted that COVID-19 could only be eliminated with a complete lifestyle change, said that it is possible that some states would overtake the figures recorded in Lagos State because the people will not comply with protocols. 

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