Osun state has recorded five B117 strain, popularly known as the UK variant of COVID-19 infections.
The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, said this in a public announcement, on Sunday evening.
The B117 strain was first discovered in the United Kingdom, and officials say it is more deadly, as it spreads faster and kills quicker.
She said the development was worrisome since it is barely a week that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 announced the discovery of the strain in Nigeria, and Osun already has five cases.
The commissioner said the government was “extremely concerned about the days ahead, due to the continued disregard and defiance for safety protocols in the state
“If it continues to grow, more citizens will become vulnerable and those with underlying ailments more endangered. We cannot continue to act like COVID-19 is not real. It is not just a sad reality but one that has changed the momentum with this more deadly strain,” she said.