Edo State, yesterday, reported increasing COVID-19 deaths and infections, saying that persons who have not been vaccinated account for 100 per cent of cases recorded in the state.
Incident Manager of the State COVID-19 Task Force, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after the daily virtual meeting, chaired by Governor Godwin Obaseki. He noted that over 96 per cent of infections recorded in the state are those who were never vaccinated, reiterating the need for all residents to get vaccinated against the deadly virus to remain healthy and safe.
“Edo State, in the last 24 hours, has recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths recorded in the third wave of the pandemic to seven.
“We also confirmed 54 new cases from the 354 samples collected within the 24-hour timeframe, with five recoveries and 187 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres within the state.
“While 100 per cent of the deaths recorded in the state are unvaccinated persons, 96 per cent of infections in the state are people who were never vaccinated against the deadly virus. This reiterates the need for everyone to get inoculated as the vaccines provide significant protection against the virus.”
He said the state has commenced the second phase COVID-19 vaccination, with several posts in the 18 councils of the state to realise government’s plan for herd immunity, urging residents to leverage the exercise to be inoculated against the virus.
“We charge all residents who have been administered with the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to come out for the second dose to get full protection against the virus, while others who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to come out and get the vaccination. The vaccines are safe, free and effective,” he said.
Obi further stated that Edo has collected 7,095 samples, 294 confirmed cases and 100 recoveries since July 17, 2021, when it started tracking the third wave of the pandemic.