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Group warns lack of autopsy may cause spread of COVID-19 deaths in Oyo

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A socio-cultural group, Ebedi Frontliners, Iseyin (EFI), yesterday, urged government at all tiers to look into causes of sudden deaths among the people of Iseyin community, as they claimed many have died without prior sickness.

A statement, signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the organisation, Alhaji Segun Fasasi and made available to journalists, said the group was worried about sudden deaths of individuals that had no medical crisis, but were found dead in their sleep.

Fasasi rallied government to make autopsy of deaths that occurred suddenly to ascertain the cause and stop the spread of the dreaded Delta Variant of COVID-19, which he claimed does not give symptoms like the first two types of the virus, which started since a year ago.

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“We have recorded death of young people and elderly people, who a day prior to their death, were very active, went to parties, played with their families and did many things which a sick person would not do, but died overnight. This is worrisome.

“The danger here is that of spread of COVID-19, especially the dangerous Delta Variant, which shows no symptoms like the two types we earlier experienced. We are therefore advocating any form of autopsy to ascertain the cause of deaths so as to stop the spread.

“Imagine the level of spread at a burial programme where the corpse is carried by many people before being interred. The government should as a matter of urgency, look into this,” he pleaded.

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