By Solomon Odeniyi
Coronavirus pandemic has been on an alarming increase in the State of Osun, a data analysis done by OSUN DEFENDER has revealed.
According to data on the website of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the state has recorded 253 cases in the past eight days. This is between January 12 and 20, 2021.
The state recorded 45 cases on January 18; 39 on 14; 37, 33, 29, 12 and 3 on January 15, 12, 17, 13 and 19 respectively. A total of 55 cases were also recorded on Wednesday, January 20.
The number is the highest within the period of days since the state recorded its first case in March 2019.
The high number of index cases within this period puts the state among others where the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic has reared its ugly head.
Two members of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s cabinet have also tested positive to the Coronavirus.
The members, whose identities were not disclosed, are said to have gone into isolation and are currently receiving treatment.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, confirmed the development in a statement.
Egbemode said Governor Oyetola had ordered all members of the cabinet, drivers in his convoy, domestic staff and other aides to take compulsory COVID-19 tests.
Worried by the continuous increase in the recorded cases, the state government has come up with new guidelines to stem the tide of the virus.
The government said it would not hesitate to declare a fresh lockdown if the spike in COVID-19 cases persists.