15 more members of staff of Oyo-based company, iSON Xperiences, have tested positive for coronavirus.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this on Thursday via Twitter, said 15 of the 19 new cases in the state were from the company.
“Two confirmed COVID-19 patients have received their second negative test results and have been discharged. This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 48.
“Also, the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 19 suspected cases came back positive. Fifteen are from iSON Xperiences in Ibadan South West Local Council, two from Ido Local Council and one from Ibadan South East Local Council. So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 162” Makinde tweeted.
The Governor also debunked a statement circulating that the Government has lifted ban on public gatherings in the state. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Mr. Jide Ajani, in a statement on Thursday, urged the public to treat the statement as fake news.
“There is a fake press statement presently in circulation, referencing some Executive Orders allegedly issued by the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde.
“The individual who signed the statement is one Adeniran Adenuga, who assumed the title of ‘Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor. This fake news is not from Governor Makinde’s Media Office and the so-called Executive Orders are false in all materials particular.
“Being a member of Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, I can confirm that no such decisions have been taken.
“Therefore, as of today (Thursday), there is no lifting of ban on public gatherings – including churches and mosques.
“Please, treat the statement as fake news and another handiwork of enemies of the state.
“Prior to this latest evil scheme, the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force’s daily update flyer had been cloned and used to post incorrect data.
“On another occasion, they had posted pictures on social media depicting outbreak of violence in Oyo State when the park management system was kick-started.
“Individuals who can go to this extreme extent can do anything. Members of the public are advised to ignore the statement” he said.