They are the only COVID-19 related deaths recorded in the state so far. The state had only one active case left, after discharging 17 patients earlier, before recording another 12 on Saturday. Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola confirmed the deaths in Osogbo on Sunday evening while briefing newsmen on the status of COVID-19 in the state.
Oyetola refused to disclose the identity of the deceased and assured that they would be properly buried in accordance with the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols. He said the deceased are from Ile-Ife and Ede.
The Governor said three health workers in the state, who have been on the front line of the battle against the disease, are among the 12 new cases. He said one COVID-19 carrier sneaked into Osun from Ibadan in Oyo State and that the remaining six were returnees from Benin Republic. The Governor frowned that the lockdown in the state was compromised which enable the nine COVID-19 carriers to enter Osun from Lagos, Oyo and Benin Republic.
The lockdown is still in force in the state, according to the governor who charged security operatives to play their roles diligently and ensure that the lockdown achieve its purpose.
Oyetola cautioned residents of Osun not to receive visitors at this critical period and appealed to indigenes of Osun who are not in the state at the moment to remain where they are until the pandemic is defeated. Lagos remains the epicentre of the virus with 689 confirmed cases as at Saturday. The Federal Capital Territory, FCT has 138 cases, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30 and Borno-30. Others are Edo-22,Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8, Ondo-4, Delta-6 and Rivers- 3. Jigawa, Enugu, Niger, Abia, Zamfara and Sokoto have two confirmed cases each while Benue, Anambra, Adamawa, Plateau and Imo have one case each.