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COVID-19: Second Wave Not In Oyo — Makinde

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Seyi Makinde

The oyo state government on Wednesday has disclosed that the new second wave or variant of coronavirus has not been confirmed to be in the state.

Seyi Makinde,the executive governor of the state who revealed this while addressing Journalists in ibadan noted that the recent COVID-19 cases confirmed in Oyo by the Nigeria Center For Disease Control(NCDC) were continuation of the first wave.

Makinde in his statement said; ”As far as Oyo state is concerned, the data we have is not pointing to a second wave as the curve was never flattened, to start with.

“For example, between when we started testing people in March 2020 and December 2020, we conducted 20,000 tests out of which about 3,000 were positive of Covid-19.

“By the NCDC guidelines, we tested mostly sick people who have direct interaction with those who have the virus. The NCDC have revised those guidelines and made testing open to accommodate more people, including those who may not even be showing any symptoms.

“So, from December 2020 till date, we have conducted a further 14,000 test. And I have had about 696 positive cases. So, it is clear that we did not have flattening of the curve rather, we have more people becoming more complacent and acting more as if the pandemic was over.”

Makinde added that as a result of the large population in the state, the state government would find an alternative to the federal government plan to vaccinate 1800 people in the state, stressing that 1,800 vaccines can not reach anywhere

According to him; “For Oyo state with a population of about 7 to 10million, 1,800 vaccines will not go anywhere. So, we are exploring other means of getting this vaccine to our people. I have been advised that the oestrogenic vaccine is more suitable for Oyo state due to storage instructions.

“So, we are opening discussions with manufacturers on how we can get as many as possible for our people. So, for now, the protocol remains the same.”

 

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