COVID-19: Edo records 82 new cases




Edo State has recorded 82 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 3 deaths from the disease in the past 72 hours, even as it recorded 31 recoveries from the virus.

The State COVID Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this during a meeting of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

According to him, “We have in the last 72 hours recorded 82 new coronavirus cases and 3 new deaths. There were 31 recoveries, while the active cases currently stand at 207.”

He reiterated the state government’s charge for residents to adhere to the precautionary health and safety protocols to guard against the spread of the virus, adding that the isolation and treatment centres in the state are actively attending to confirmed cases of the virus in the state.

“In the last seven days, we have collected 1200 samples from the various screening and testing centres across the state. This disease surveillance mechanism was set up during the first wave of the pandemic and we are doing well 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 as well. We have a high case positivity rates in Esan West, Esan Central Local Government Areas (LGAs) cases in the past 7 days. There have also been 82 recoveries over the past 7 days,” he noted.

Stressing that there was need for Edo residents to be cautious, he said it was worrisome that confirmed cases are rising rapidly by the day, noting that the state has recorded 382 confirmed cases from December 1, when the state started tracking the second wave of the pandemic.