By Oluwole Josiah

The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has chided churches for flouting rules for the prevention of Covid-19 in the state.

The governor, who was a guest at the opening of the 3rd Session of the 13th Synod of Owo Diocese held in Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of the state on Friday, was shocked at the flagrant disregard of the covid-19 protocols at the event.

He said churches had developed a penchant for flouting the rules, in the face of increased risk and a new Delta variant of the virus.

Governor Akeredolu said it was the time the time for everyone, particularly churches, to comply with the necessary protocols due to the deadly Delta variant of the virus.

While declaring the event open, Mr Akeredolu expressed his disappointment that delegates and clerics at the synod did not comply with the COVID-19 protocols despite the population at the church.

He urged the people to continue to adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols in order to prevent the Delta variant of the disease from spreading into the state.

He added that the people ought to take the new variant with all seriousness, particularly since the recent vaccination had not covered the larger part of the population.

“Don’t take this COVID-19 for granted, particularly when you understand the Delta variant that is just coming which is more dangerous than what we had before,” he said.

“I have had my two jabs and I still wear my mask because I am not taking it for granted.

“I hardly use other people’s microphones because it could be dangerous. In other places, before you pass microphones to other persons, you will have to spray it.”

Ondo has a total of 3500 confirmed cases of the virus, with 65 deaths so far. 3413 have been treated and discharged, while 22 are still on admission.

As of  23rd of July 2021, 317 new confirmed cases and one death were recorded in Nigeria, just as a cumulative figure of 170623 cases have been confirmed, 164780 cases have been discharged and 2131 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The 317 new cases are reported from 11 states- Lagos (172), Akwa Ibom (62), Oyo (33), Rivers (32), Ekiti (5), FCT (5), Ogun (3), Sokoto (2), Bayelsa (1), Gombe (1) and Kano(1), according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

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