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  • News - South West - Osun
  • Updated: December 03, 2021

Osun Government Warns Residents Against COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Osun Government Warns Residents Against COVID-19 Omicron Var

The Osun State Government has warned residents as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus pandemic become a source of concern for health bodies globally.

This warning became necessary in the light of the revelation that Nigeria now has three reported cases of the Omicron variant of the deadly coronavirus and also because it has become a source of global health concern.

The State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode also reiterated its readiness to compliment the efforts of the federal government to ensure the safety and well being of Nigerians.

Egbemode disclosed that the new variant has a large number of mutations, and early evidences suggested an increased reinfection risk.

The Commissioner explained that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, through genomic surveillance has identified and confirmed Nigeria’s first cases of the B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 lineage, now known as the Omicron variant. 

The Information Commissioner, who stated that the state government understood the implications of another lockdown stated that it is counting on residents to take personal responsibility for their safety in manners that afforded them the freedom to conduct their businesses within safe boundaries.

She urged residents who have taken the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to still protect themselves at all times by putting on a face mask in public places, avoiding crowded spaces and disinfecting hands and surfaces with alcohol-based sanitisers.

She added that being fully vaccinated with the two jabs of the vaccine only reduces their susceptibility to COVID-19 but does not rule out their chances of contracting and infecting others who have not been vaccinated.

Egbemode maintained that since the government places high premium on the safety and security of citizens, it will continue to take critical steps that would protect citizens from actual or potential threats.

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