Two people have died from the Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oyo State.
On Monday, July 12, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, the state’s incident manager and coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, disclosed this information to reporters. One person has also been isolated and is receiving medical care at one of the state’s isolation facilities, as well as contact tracing.
Ladipo speculated that the virus might have entered the state through the movement of people traveling overseas.
The contact tracing process is ongoing. Two of the cases were deceased, but contact tracing is ongoing. We are currently isolating one of the contacts in the state facility, but let me assure you that we are doing everything we can to follow up on all the contacts we have received in the past two to three weeks, and to offer isolation to any of them that are positive." he said.
According to the incident manager, there is a likelihood of further outbreaks of the variant in the state
In my view, if people followed those regulations that were spelled out, we might be able to tame that tide."
Olabode said the number of people vaccinated so far is so small compared to the larger population, so people need to be cautious of the COVID-19 vaccine.
We have been vaccinated, yes. In Oyo State, just as in any other state of the federation, just about one per cent of the population has been vaccinated, so there is still a large population that has not been vaccinated. Oyo state has been able to vaccinate about 90,000 people, and in a state with a population of about 8.9 million, the vaccination numbers have not reached the threshold needed to confer any kind of herd immunity.