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‘Vaccination reducing COVID-19 deaths, infections in Edo’

Edo State Government, yesterday, commended residents for supporting its efforts at containing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that their response was yielding positive results.

A visitor holds a Covid-19 vaccination pass at the State House in Benin City capital of Edo State, southern Nigeria on September 16, 2021. – Edo State in southern Nigeria has introduced a compulsory Covid-19 passes for access to public places and gatherings in a bid to increase vaccination rates in Africa’s most populous nation. The measure which was resisted by protesters chanting anti-vaccination slogans at present is limited to workers in public service. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Edo State Government, yesterday, commended residents for supporting its efforts at containing the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that their response was yielding positive results.

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

Obi stated that with the ongoing vaccination, Edo State was recording a gradual decline in the number of mortalities and infections, as more residents were being inoculated against the virus.

He, however, reassured the people of government’s commitment to building herd immunity against the virus and ensuring the health and safety of all citizens.

Obi added that government has intensified the vaccination of more residents across all communities to ensure that the majority of Edo people are protected against the virus.

He said Edo recorded 12 new cases from the 202 samples collected in the last 24 hours, with one more death, adding: “Edo has witnessed a 13.2 per cent drop in average test positivity rate, 66.7 per cent reduction in fatality rate and 70.7 per cent decline in new case identification.” 

Head of the state’s COVID 19 Case Management, Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, who spoke dueing the daily COVID-19 briefing at Government House, Benin City, said: “A 71-year-old woman who was admitted on September 23, 2021 in our treatment facility, died on September 27, 2021.”