Thousands of worshippers, devotees and vacationers on the grand finale of the two-week-long Osun Osogbo competition in Osun State, on Friday, ignored the necessary use of face marks and observance of social distancing.
Though the state authorities had stated it will implement using face masks and social distancing on the competition, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that worshippers and guests violated the COVID-19 security protocols.
On Friday, the Osun State Government, in a press release by its Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, stated seven individuals had died of COVID-19 within the final two weeks, whereas 74 instances had been recorded throughout the interval.
Expressing concern over the nonchalant perspective of residents to security protocols, the federal government stated it had grow to be crucial for residents to consciously take private duty for their very own security as a result of the third wave of the pandemic has berthed within the state.
The commissioner stated, “In the last two weeks, the state has recorded 74 cases with seven mortality. We can no longer afford to treat our protection with levity. We must wear masks religiously and avoid crowded spaces like a plague. It is becoming more obvious that our lives depend on how well we adhere to safety protocols.
“Osun’s daily coronavirus case tallies and mortality rate are becoming alarming. The effects of the virus keep getting worse by the day because our compliance level is deplorable and alarming. Our people need to take responsibility for their own safety, by ensuring that they take the COVID-19 test to be sure of their status, especially when they feel ill.
“Let us leave no chance for costly assumptions and be deliberate about boosting our immunity. Partying and appearances at densely-populated locations has become dangerous all over. We are back to ground zero with the virus, and we cannot continue to pretend like it doesn’t exist. The current statistics signal a precarious situation.”
Data obtainable on the web site of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Friday confirmed that 753 new confirmed instances and 5 deaths had been recorded on August 12, 2021 in 14 states, particularly Lagos (364), Akwa Ibom (141), Oyo (74), Rivers (46), Abia (38), Ogun (24), Kwara (20), Imo (19), FCT (12), Ekiti (10), Delta (9), Edo (six), Plateau (5), and Bayelsa (one).
To date, 180,661 instances have been confirmed and a couple of,200 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.