The Edo State Government has intensified the rollout of the second dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines across the state’s 18 local government areas as part of ramped-up efforts to achieve herd immunity against the virus and contain the third wave of the pandemic.
Head of the State’s COVID-19 Case Management, Dr. Osagie Ebomwonyi disclosed this during the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
Ebomwonyi, who noted that the state has recorded the death of another unvaccinated person, urged those who have not been inoculated to come out and get vaccinated in order to remain healthy and protected against the deadly virus.
According to him, “Edo, in the last 24 hours, collected 117 samples and recorded 18 new COVID-19 cases, 101 discharges, 361 active cases and one death, with a test positivity rate of 15.4 percent.
“The mortality is that of an unvaccinated 87-year-old female, reported from the Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH). 17 of the new cases were reported at ISTH, with one confirmed from a rapid diagnostic test (RDT).
“We have now collected 18,713 samples and confirmed 1,629 cases, 1,177 recoveries, and 91 deaths since the outbreak of the third wave of the pandemic in the state.”
Reiterating the need for more residents to get vaccinated, the COVID-19 case manager added: “As the government intensifies the vaccination of residents, among other measures to contain the pandemic and ensure the health of citizens, we urge everyone to complement the government’s efforts by getting vaccinated and comply with all non-pharmaceutical intervention to contain the virus, because it is the safest way to defeat the pandemic.”