The governor said it had become obvious that community transmission of the virus had reached a frightening proportion, and that it was regrettable that many persons still think that the virus was a hoax.
Okowa, in a statement, said it couldn’t be a hoax, when over 20 persons have died, including some prominent citizens.
“Therefore, I want to make a passionate appeal to all Deltans to please realize that the Coronavirus disease is real.”
He explained that the state government allowed normal business activities to go on in essential sectors of the economy to enable citizens take care of their families.
“It does not in any way suggest that the danger is over. We made this decision with all sense of responsibility, while counting on your partnership with the government to defeat this virus. Regrettably, it does appear our people have not taken this matter as seriously as they should.”
The governor disclosed that the state isolation centres are currently overwhelmed with the number of cases, and unless state proactively and collectively take drastic actions to reverse the trend, it stands the risk of becoming another epicentre for the pandemic.