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Delta COVID-19 cases hit 532 as govt orders offices decontaminatiion

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Delta State has recorded 532 confirmed cases of coronavirus as at June 23, a top aide to Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa has announced.

Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, made the announcement in Asaba on Tuesday.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ifeajika said the pandemic had gulped a huge chuck of money from the government since the disease was recorded in the state.

He said that the government was making huge financial commitments to safeguard citizens, lamenting, however, that there had been gross violations of safety guidelines by people in the state.

According to him, many residents of the state have been refusing to adhere to safety protocols, aimed at checkmating further spread of the virus.

The spokesman said that 20 deaths had been recorded in the state with 382 active cases, while 130 patients had been discharged from isolation centres.

Ifeajika recalled that the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, and the Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, were among people who tested positive for the disease.

“Based on this development, the governor directed decontamination of the offices of the SSG, ministry of information and that of the CPS because of their close affinity.’’

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