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Edo confirms first case, bans gathering of over 50

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
24 March 2020   |   4:05 am
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday banned gatherings of over 50 people in any part of the state, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday banned gatherings of over 50 people in any part of the state, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

He also ordered public officers below grade level 12, except those providing essential services such as fire service and healthcare workers, to work from home until further notice.

Governor Obaseki disclosed this while briefing newsmen on steps taken by his administration to ensure that the virus was curtailed in the state.

Besides, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of Irrua Specialist Hospital, Sylvanus Okogbenin, said Edo State has recorded its first case of the disease.

“We have a patient who came back from Europe, was diagnosed and the result confirmed positive for Coronavirus. The person is presently under isolation. He is being treated and expected to get better,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, who urged residents not to panic, as the state government has taken adequate steps to prevent further spread of the virus, said his administration has developed an action plan to cope with the challenges posed by pandemic.