The deadly coronavirus has spread to Oyo and Oke Ogun geopolitical zones as the number of confirmed cases in the state rose to 64, insideoyo.com reports.
Oyo East local government in Oyo town and Olorunsogo local government in Igbeti have recorded 1 case each. With these, Oyo and Oke Ogun zones have joined Ibadan and Ogbomoso zones in the list of zone with confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Recall that the state has 5 geopolitical zones, namely Oyo, Ogbomoso, Ibarapa, Ibadan and Oke Ogun.
As of May 9, 2020, 15 local government areas have recorded cases of coronavirus in Oyo state with Ibadan North topping the list of local government area with the highest number of cases.
A breakdown of the 64 cases shows that Ibadan North 26 has cases, Egbeda has 8 cases, Ibadan South West has 7 cases, Oriire has 5 cases , Ibadan South East has 3 cases, Oluyole has 3 cases, Akinyele has 3 cases, Ido has 2 cases, Surulere has 2 cases, Ibadan North West has 1 case, Ibadan North East has 1 case, Lagelu has 1 case, Olorunsogo has 1 case, Ona Ara has 1 case and Oyo East has 1 case.
There has been an increase in infections since the government eased the lockdown in the country on Monday.
Nigerians have been reported to be flouting safety guidelines put in place by the government to combat the spread of the disease.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, during the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Friday reiterated that the restrictions imposed by the government are not punitive rather, to save lives and prevent the uncontrolled spread of the COVID -19 within the communities.
He said Nigeria is presently at the community transmission phase and the country is beginning to witness high figures.
“This could be considered worrisome but for the fact that this rise is associated with our increased testing capacity, which has provided an opportunity to detect hitherto hidden cases,” he said.
“However, this increased testing does not translate to higher fatality rates as in the last few days, we have witnessed a good number of discharges and a continually reducing daily fatality rate.”