There was palpable fear in Osun State on Saturday evening as the government declared 12 new cases of COVID-19.
It brings to 13 the number of people confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus in Osun.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu disclosed that 167 persons were tested and that 12 returned positive.
He revealed that the 12 new cases were recorded in Osogbo, Ife, Ede, Ikire and Ejigbo.
Isamotu said the fresh tests were carried out in the last two weeks of the lockdown, adding that the lockdown has proven effective in containing spread of the virus.
The commissioner urged residents not to panic but continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive of the state government, keep social distancing and observe all precautionary measures to curb the spread of the disease.
He also reiterated that the ban on public gatherings remains in force, just as he urged residents to take the wearing of face mask seriously as it is now compulsory across the state.
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