In the wake of the spike in positive cases of Coronavirus in Ogun State, the State Government has called on residents to remain calm, as the State on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, recorded 108 cases of COVID-19, the highest since the index case was recorded on February 27, 2020.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker in a press statement in Abeokuta, said the spike was a consequence of increased population sampling and increased testing capacity to 600 daily, saying there was no cause for alarm, as majority of the positive cases were asymptomatic.
Coker emphasized the need for people to focus on the outcome of the cases, which had been favourable for the State adding that, more patients were being discharged, while only 13 fatalities, which was about three percent of the total confirmed cases recorded so far.
She called on residents to continue to act responsibly by observing all the necessary precautions such as physical distancing, use of nose masks, respiratory and personal hygiene.
“We are extremely fortunate with the outcomes of the cases so far. We have low mortality and many of the cases are asymptomatic. Also, we have discharged 202 patients as of today. That is close to half of the total confirmed cases so far.
“Our government is continuously learning more about the pattern of COVID-19 in our communities. This has informed our decision making in the process of defining our new norm, which explained why we have decentralized sample collection and integrated it into health facilities within communities, as well as commencing community-based management of COVID-19”, she stated.
The Commissioner said the State would continue to remain vigilant and monitor the emerging trend, while following best practices to execute appropriate measures to curb the pandemic.