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Two more persons die from COVID-19 in Edo as casualties hit 69

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
23 September 2021   |   3:03 am
Edo State has, again, confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths of unvaccinated persons, yesterday, raising the number of casualties in the third wave of the pandemic to 69.

Edo State has, again, confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths of unvaccinated persons, yesterday, raising the number of casualties in the third wave of the pandemic to 69.

Incident Manager of the state COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after its daily virtual meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Obi said the state also recorded 40 new COVID-19 cases from the 254 samples collected in the last 24 hours, noting that Edo has recorded 1, 380 confirmed cases since the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic.

While decrying the rising infections and deaths from the virus, he restated the need for all residents to get vaccinated and comply with non-pharmaceutical interventions to contain the pandemic, including the compulsory use of facemasks in the public and regular hand washing, among others.

He said the vaccination was necessary to ensure the health of citizens and achieve herd immunity against the virus, urging all residents to leverage the availability of the vaccines to get full protection against the virus.

“In the last 24 hours, Edo State recorded two COVID-19-related deaths, zero recoveries and 40 new confirmed cases, with 709 active cases being managed at various treatment and isolation centres across the state.

“We have collected 15,706 samples and confirmed 1, 380 cases, 602 recoveries and 69 deaths since the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic in the state,” he said.