As the number of COVID-19 cases keep rising in Nigeria, Edo State is having its own share of the sad reality with 82 new cases and 3 deaths recorded so far in the last 72 hours. This is in spite of the state government’s laudable preventive mechanisms located in strategic parts of the state.
Local media reports that the state COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr Andrew Obi, had during a meeting of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki, disclosed that the state has also recorded 31 recoveries.
“In the last 72 hours, we have recorded 82 new coronavirus cases and three new deaths. There were 31 recoveries, while the active cases currently stand at 207”.
According to the report, Obi reiterated government’s directive to residents to strictly observe all the safety and precautionary guidelines in order to prevent further spread of the deadly virus while ensuring that all the isolation and treatment centres in the state are attending to patients and all suspected cases.
A source quoted him thus: “In the last seven days, we have collected 1,200 samples from the screening and testing centres across the state. The disease surveillance mechanism was set up during the first wave of the pandemic and we are doing everything possible to ensure that they are adequately supplied with reagents and other materials to ensure quick detection of cases.
“In the last seven days, we have had 176 confirmed cases. We have high case positivity rates in Esan West, Esan Central councils and there have also been 82 recoveries in the last seven days.
Harping on the urgent need for residents to be very careful, Obi stated that it was disturbing that confirmed cases are on an astronomical rise. He lamented that the state had recorded 382 cases from December 1, 2020, when it started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.