Edo bemoans community spread as fresh COVID-19 cases rise to 132
• Obaseki mourns ex-AGF, Abdullahi Ibrahim
Edo State Government has expressed concern over rising community spread in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it recorded 132 new confirmed cases and two deaths in the last 72 hours.
COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this in a virtual meeting of the Task Force, chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki. He noted that 90 per cent of the newly confirmed cases got infected through community transmission, urging residents to be cautious and observe precautionary and safety protocols against the spread of the virus.
He explained that the 132 new cases recorded in the last 72 hours were reported from 728 samples collected within the time frame, adding that the state currently has 500 active cases. Obi pointed out that 34 additional health workers were infected, adding that Oredo, Egor, Esan West and Etsako West councils have higher cases.
He reassured that the state government was committed to containing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic across the state, noting that Edo had recorded 23 deaths since December 1, 2020 when it started tracking the second wave of the virus. He further charged residents with COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre for assistance.
MEANWHILE, Obaseki, yesterday, mourned former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abdullahi Ibrahim. In a statement in Benin City, he described the deceased as an unrelenting patriot, noting that he would be remembered as a detribalised Nigerian and lover of peace and progress.
“It was with a heavy heart that I received news of the death of Abdullahi Ibrahim, (SAN), a friend of Edo State and consummate legal luminary. An unrelenting patriot, Ibrahim lent himself to causes that quelled strife and conflict, deploying his expertise to bring people together.
“We commiserate with his family, friends, associates and the Kogi State Government and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Obaseki said.
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