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53 Edo Health workers test Positive for COVID19

Edo State has recorded eight new coronavirus (COVID19) cases and one death from the disease as at the time of this report, while 53 healthcare workers have been infected with the virus since the second wave of the disease outbreak in the state.

Dr Andrew Obi who is the Edo State COVID19 Incident Manager had made this known during a meeting of the State Taskforce on COVID-19, chaired by Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki.

In his statement he said, “We have, in the last 24 hours, recorded 8 new coronavirus cases and 1 new death. 240 samples were collected from the various screening and testing centres across Edo State. As of today Thursday, January 14, 2021, we have 238 active cases of the virus in Edo state.

“Since the second wave of the deadly disease, Edo State has recorded 447 confirmed cases out of which 53 are health workers. Edo State has also recorded 202 recoveries and 12 deaths from the disease.”

He noted that the State will soon roll out more proactive and effective measures to minimize the spread of the disease even as the risk communication and disease surveillance mechanisms are being strengthened to protect lives and livelihoods of all residents in Edo State.

He however cautioned residents in the state to observe all COVID19 precautionary measures to guard against the spread of the infectious disease, including compulsory and proper use of face masks, regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers, observe physical distancing measures and limit social events.

The Edo Covid-19 Incident Manager urged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms to contact the Edo Emergency Operation Centre on the toll-free number 08003625000 for assistance or their nearest health facility.

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