Edo State has recorded the deaths of two more persons who have not been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccines, including a 56-year-old health worker at the Auchi General Hospital.

Head of the state’s COVID-19 Case Management, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, disclosed this during the daily press briefing on COVID-19 at the Government House in Benin City.

He said that the state also collected 363 samples and recorded a total of 36 new cases of COVID-19 and four more recoveries within the last 24 hours.

According to him, “Edo has now recorded a total of 925 confirmed cases and 35 deaths, with 646 active cases since the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic.”

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On his part, Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, described as false news making the rounds that the state had recorded death from COVID-19 vaccination.

Irowa said that the state government is determined to save the lives of its citizens, adding, “We actually feel sad over the death of the health worker, just as we feel sad each time we lose a soul.

“As a government, we want to do everything possible to protect our people and prevent this death; most of these deaths are preventable; we know they had co-morbidities and some of these persons were presented very late.”

“Late presentation has always been a challenge to us even during the first wave of COVID-19. In the health sector, coming to the hospital late is always a very serious issue that leads to an increase in mortality while managing cases,” Irowa added.