Two deaths have been recorded in Oyo State as a result of complications from the newly reported Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria.
One infected person is currently receiving medical attention at one of the isolation facilities in Oyo State, while contact tracing has also begun.
Oyo state Incident Manager and Coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre, Dr. Olabode Ladipo, on Monday confirmed the incidence.
He said the variant must have entered the state through movement of people travelling around the world, urging people to take seriously the laid down preventive guidelines and extra measures so as to contain the spread of the virus.
Ladipo added that adhering to such would go a long way to help stem the tide.
Oladipo said: “Contact tracing is ongoing. Two of the cases are deceased but contact tracing is ongoing.
“As it is, one of contacts is currently in isolation in the state facility but let me assure you that every form of effort is being proved to ensure that all the contact of everyone that we have received so far in the last two, three weeks are followed up and anyone of them that is positive, we will ensure that isolation is given.”
On the likelihood or fear of further outbreak of the variant in the state, the incident manager said: “I foresee a situation in which if people actually adhere to those regulations that were spelt out, we might be able to tame that tide.”
Fielding questions from newsmen on the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine given to people earlier, Oladipo said the number of people vaccinated so far is minute when compared to the larger population and as such people need to be more cautious.
“Yes, we have been vaccinated. Vaccines have been given but we need to also understand that in Oyo State just like in any other state of the federation, just around one per cent of the population has been vaccinated.
“In Oyo state, we have been able to vaccinate about 90,000 people and in a state where the population of people is about 8.9 million, it has not reached the threshold that should be able to confer any form of herd immunity in population.”