35 NYSC corps members test positive for COVID-19 in Ogun camp

35 NYSC corps members test positive for COVID-19 in Ogun camp
File photo of NYSC corps members

The Ogun State Government has announced that at least 35 new corps members have tested positive for Covid-19 at the National Youth Service Corps camp in the Sagamu area of the state.

Dr Tomi Coker, the State Commissioner for Health,  made the disclosure during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Thursday, raising concern over the upsurge of the third wave of Covid – 19 in the state.

Coker revealed that some of the corps members have been confined to the isolation centres, while others are on home management.

What the health commissioner is saying…

She said "The number of NYSC members that have tested positive is 35. Some are on home management, while some are in the isolation centre.

The PUNCH quoted the commissioner as saying that the state has continued to record a rise in COVID-19; cases since the beginning of August, with at least 7 to 16 cases per day.

She said, "Ogun State has continued to record a rise in the number of COVID 19 cases, with a six-fold increase in admissions into the isolation centre compared to what was recorded 2 months earlier.

"In the month of June 2021, there were only two cases giving a positivity rate of 0.04% while the month of July had a sharp rise of 96 cases with positivity rate of 7.4%.

"The first three days in the month of August have also seen a rise in positivity rate of 14.6%. Isolation ward at OOUTH which had only two admissions in June currently has 12 persons on admission whilst isolation ward at Ikenne has 35 admissions with 71 on home management.

"Death rate had remained relatively static at 50 till July 15 after which we recorded seven deaths in the last two weeks.

"In the last one week, there has been a sharp rise in new cases from seven per day to 16 per day."