The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bode Ladipo, says 417 residents in the state tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days
The stated this while speaking during the flag-off of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign, at Aleshinloye market, Ibadan.
The commissioner warned that an increase in the number of people contracting the virus is expected this festive period.
He expressed worry that on one of the days within the last one week, the state had 122 persons test positive for COVID-19 which was the highest in the country for the day.
Ladipo said enjoined residents to take serious observance of COVID-19 protocols especially at a time where people will be moving from one place to the other and having fun in the spirit of the yuletide season.
So far, Ladipo reported that about 722,000 residents of the state had been vaccinated with only about 200,000 persons fully vaccinated.
This is as he reported that about 20 people had got the booster dose of COVID-19.
“In the last two months or so, we had an increment and that increment is expected based on the festivities and the movement of people across borders and boundaries. Within the last seven days, unfortunately, we have recorded 417 people that have tested positive, and most, unfortunately, two days back we recorded 122,” Ladipo said.
As a matter of urgency, Ladipo urged residents of the state to avail themselves of the opportunity to be vaccinated, stressing that it is free and available at many locations.
Ladipo further disclosed that out of about 75,000 people that had been tested for COVID-19 in the state, 9,300 persons had had their results come back positive.