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Delta variant of COVID-19 discovered in Oyo

Delta variant of COVID-19 discovered in Oyo
July 11
21:50 2021

The Oyo government says it has discovered the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the state.

The Delta variant is known as B.1.617.2. It was first identified in India and is said to be more contagious than the UK (B.1.1.7) variant.

Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to the state governor, disclosed its presence in Oyo in a statement on Sunday.

Adisa advised all inbound travellers to undergo the mandatory seven-day isolation, urging the public to take all safety precautions.

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“This strain has been associated with high transmission, increase severity of infection and outcomes,” the statement reads.

“As such, this is to warn that the virus is still very much within the society.

“The ‘Own Your Action’ (OYA) initiative of the State Government should be seriously considered by adhering to the guidelines of wearing nose and mouth masks in public gatherings, washing of hands with soap and water and use of hand sanitisers, among others.

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“The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force hereby appeals to the good people of Oyo State to comply with these and other advisories as they apply to individuals and organisations.

“It would be appreciated if all in-bound travelers from overseas maintain the mandatory seven-day isolation and subsequent testing before mingling with the populace.

“In addition, residents are enjoined to seek medical care and avail the opportunity of free testing whenever there’s any feeling of unwellness.

“Vigilance on the parts of both the Government and the people will surely go a long way in stemming the transmission of this disease within the State.”

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