Osun State government, yesterday, confirmed the outbreak of the United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus disease, warning residents of the deadly nature of the variant.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, warned citizens on the need to be responsible and adhere strictly to preventive protocols in the state to curtail the spread of the deadly variant and avoid a tragic incident in the state.
The statement reads: “The government of the Osun State regrets to announce that the State has, in the past few days, recorded five cases of the violent and deadly B117 strain of COVID-19, which was first reported in the United Kingdom.
“This is particularly worrisome because it is barely a week that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 announced the discovery of the strain in Nigeria, and Osun already has five cases.
“Considering the continued disregard and defiance for safety protocols in the state, the government is extremely concerned about the days ahead.
“This new strain spreads faster and kills quicker. If it continues to grow, more citizens will become vulnerable and those with underlying ailments are more endangered.