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Coronavirus: Ogun records first death as confirmed cases hit 29

“In the last one week, the number of confirmed cases in our dear Ogun State has risen to more than double”

The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has announced that the state has recorded is first death after one of patients in the state died from COVID-19 complication.

Abiodun who disclosed this during a press briefing on Friday did not give details of the first coronavirus death in the state.

In his statement, the governor said: “Out of the 29 cases, 6 of them have been discharged to re-join their family and restart normal life; 1 dead; and, 22 active cases who are currently receiving efficient treatment from our medical officers.”

He said the reality facing the state being able to prevent community spread of Coronavirus, this he said is apart from identifying the cases.

“For us in Ogun State, we thank God that our efforts towards fighting the Covid-19 pandemic to a stand-still re achieving desired results. But we cannot also drop our guards.

“In the last one week, the number of confirmed cases in our dear Ogun State has risen to more than double. As at Thursday, 23rd April, 2020, there are 29 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ogun State as against 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as at Friday, 17th April, 2020.”

While assuring the people of Ogun State not to panic, Abiodun stressed that the fact that we get more number of confirmed cases shows we are doing right what we are to do.”

He informed that the increase in numbers of cases is because of the state’s increase pace of testing.

The advantage of this, he stated, “is that it is better for us to detect and treat people who are already infected rather than leaving them undetected, which will be more detrimental because it will increase community transmission.”

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The governor maintained that that majority of the new cases are detected on immigrants coming into our country through land borders.

“The lesson thereof is that the peculiarity of our dear State as the next-door neighbour to Lagos State which is the epicentre of the fight against Covid-19; and as a gateway to the other parts of the country, especially as a window to the West African sub-region puts us at a vulnerable position,” he said.

On the ongoing lockdown, Gov Abiodun said the state “will continue to have a window of break on Monday, 27th April, 2020 from 7.00 am to 2.00pm and other days as may be reviewed and communicated in due course.”

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