COVID-19 infection in Edo rises to 1098, mortalities hit 54, as govt urges vaccination
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COVID-19 infection in Edo rises to 1098, mortalities hit 54, as govt urges vaccination

The Edo State Government has intensified the vaccination of citizens across the state’s 18 local government areas, urging those who have been inoculated to get vaccinated in order to remain healthy and protected against the deadly virus.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

He said the state recorded the death of another person who has not been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, as the state confirmed 63 new cases. The total number of mortalities in the third wave of the pandemic stands at 54.

Obi, who decried the rise in the number of infections and deaths in the state, urged all residents in the state to get vaccinated against the virus to stay alive and healthy, as more unvaccinated persons continue to die from the virus.

Reassuring the government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and protecting Edo citizens, the Incident Manager said Edo has inoculated over 68,533 persons since the commencement of the second phase vaccination exercise, with 56,482 persons vaccinated with Moderna, while 12,051 others were inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccines.

According to him, “Edo State, in the last 24 hours, recorded one more COVID-19-related death, 63 new confirmed cases, 54 recoveries and 546 actives cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres across the state.”

He further disclosed that the state has so far in the third wave of the pandemic collected 13,721 samples and recorded 1,098 confirmed cases and 498 recoveries.

Noting that unvaccinated persons account for over 98.7 percent of deaths recorded in the state in the third wave of the pandemic, Obi further charged “all residents, who have been administered with the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, to come out for the second dose in order to get full protection against the virus, while others who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to come out and get the vaccination. The vaccines are safe, free and effective.”

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