Okowa writes from isolation, says COVID-19 is not hoax

Deplores rising circumstances in Delta

Raises alarm over neighborhood transmission

Reiterates prohibition of social occasions of than 50 individuals

Okowa writes from isolation, says COVID-19 is not hoax

By Festus Ahon – Asaba

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, on Saturday, wrote from the place he was remoted from his household, deploring the rising circumstances of COVID-19 within the state.

He mentioned it had change into apparent that neighborhood transmission of the virus had reached an alarming and scary proportion within the State.

Okowa in a press release he personally signed, lamented that many individuals nonetheless suppose that the Coronavirus illness was a hoax, saying: “It can’t be a hoax when over 20 individuals have died together with some distinguished residents.

“Therefore, I wish to make a passionate attraction to all Deltans to please realise that the coronavirus illness is actual. As of Saturday, the variety of confirmed circumstances of the virus within the state was 781.

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“On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Delta State recorded 106 circumstances, coming solely behind Lagos, the epicentre of the pandemic. The newest determine from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reveals that on Friday, June 26, Delta recorded 66 further circumstances.

“This brings the full variety of contaminated individuals within the State thus far to 781. The native governments principally affected are Oshimili South (181), Warri South (128), Uvwie (112), Oshimili North (79), Ughelli North (74), Ethiope West (41), and Sapele (66).

“The State Government allowed regular enterprise actions to go on in important sectors of the economic system to allow residents to deal with their households. It doesn’t in any manner recommend that the hazard is over

“We made this choice with all sense of duty whereas counting in your partnership with the Government to defeat this virus. Regrettably, it does seem our individuals haven’t taken this matter as critically as they need to.

“Our isolation centres are presently overwhelmed with the variety of circumstances and except we proactively and collectively take drastic actions to reverse the pattern, we stand the chance of turning into one other epicentre for the pandemic.

“In the absence of a particular healing drug, the one approach to examine the transmission of the virus is for all of us to stick strictly to the NCDC-issued tips and security protocols, that are as follows; keep at dwelling as a lot as doable. Only exit whether it is important for you to take action.

“If it’s essential to exit, please be certain that you keep about six ft distance from different individuals. This is as a result of the virus is transmitted via droplets – both resulting from coughing, sneezing, or speaking – of an contaminated particular person.

“Wear face masks as soon as you might be exterior your own home. This will protect you from droplets from a provider. Avoid crowds and enormous gatherings as a lot as doable.

“Wash your fingers with cleaning soap and working water for not less than 20 seconds as typically as doable. If this isn’t available, be sure you have a potable alcohol-based hand sanitizer to rub your fingers.

“Refrain from touching your face with unwashed fingers, particularly exterior your own home.

Avoid hugs and handshakes. My expensive Deltans, it is a clarion name to arms. We should brace up and take duty for our collective well being and security now.

“It could be very worrisome that a lot of our individuals nonetheless stroll the streets with out carrying a face masks and even observing bodily/social distancing.

“Henceforth, banks, supermarkets, malls, shops, salons, and motorists should admit restricted individuals per time and strictly implement the bodily/social distancing rule.

“In addition to offering hand wash stations/alcohol-based sanitizers, banks, salons, supermarkets, shops, and malls should deny entry to patrons with out facemasks. Where there may be multiple particular person, occupants of personal automobiles should additionally put on face masks.

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“The variety of friends at social occasions – weddings, funerals, conventional marriages – mustn’t exceed 50 with applicable bodily distance set in place. People with out face masks should be turned again. I additionally implore our non secular homes to implement all the protection protocols as agreed.

“Residents in essentially the most affected native governments; Oshimili South, Warri South, Uvwie, Oshimili North, Ughelli North, Ethiope West, and Sapele, are notably suggested to be on purple alert.

“Let me emphasise as soon as once more that the coronavirus illness is actual, and anyone can contact it. It is neither a wealthy man nor a poor man’s illness. Anybody will be affected.

“I call on every resident in the State to act responsibly to protect yourself and others and do not forget to continue praying for God’s merciful intervention to stop this raging pandemic. Together we shall beat this virus”.


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