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Edo state records 60 new coronavirus cases as government calls for caution



The continuous spike in confirmed positive cases in Edo State, the Edo government has insisted on the need for residents to be careful and observe Covid19 safety regulations in order to avoid the spread.

Dr Patrick Okudia, Commissioner for health, expressed concerns over the continuous increase in community spread of the virus, stating that it is important for residents to take responsibility and help the government to contain the pandemic across the communities in the state.

He said the measures was important so as to protect all citizens, especially the elderly, who are more prone to the virus.

The commissioner stated that the stated recently recorded 60 new confirmed cases with 38 tested at the specialist hospital laboratory in Irrua, while 22 cases where confirmed at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital laboratory.

He promised that the Edo State Government will not relent on its effort to reduce the spread of the virus, saying that contact tracing, line listing and the tracking of contacts of the confirmed cases are currently ongoing at the state’s surveillance pillar.

He said that physical distancing, hand hygiene, compulsory use of face mask and other epidemiological safety regulations must be strictly adhered to so to prevent the further spread of the virus and to prevent people especially the elderly who are prone to the virus.

Okundia mentioned that Edo state has now recorded 33 covid19 related death, of which 130 has been discharged while 2,567 line listed contacts, with 5,760 suspected cases and 933 confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, the commissioner for health insisted that citizens need to bring themselves to the hospital by calling the Covid19 free toll free lines as if any person is said to be positive of the virus

He said the toll free lines was introduced by the Edo State Government to help the initial lines from the state Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) which was distributed since the beginning of the outbreak.

The commissioner, however, reiterated the need for citizens to present or report themselves through the Edo State COVID-19 toll-free response lines following any recent travel from high incident states or contact with confirmed cases.

If anyone have any COVID-19 symptoms, please call 08001235111 or 08002200110 for assistance.

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