BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has reiterated the need for residents to be cautious and observe all safety and health protocols against the spread of the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19) amid rise in confirmed cases of the virus in the state.
The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Obi noted that the state recorded 43 new cases and 12 recoveries from COVID-19 and a total of 37 deaths since December 1, 2020 when the state started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.
According to him, “Edo State, in the last 24 hours, recorded 43 new cases of coronavirus, 12 recoveries with 783 active cases who are currently receiving treatment at various isolation and treatment centres in the state.”
Reiterating the need to compulsorily wear facemasks, observe social distancing and ensure regular washing of hands with soap under running water, among other guidelines, the Incident Manager noted that Edo is facing a more violent strain of the virus in the second wave, as all indices including case positivity and death rates are higher when compared with the first wave.
While reaffirming the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and protecting Edo people, Obi charged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on this toll-free number: 08003625000 for assistance.