The Edo State government has today confirmed the death of five more persons who were not vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Andrew Obi, the State COVID-19 Incident Manager, disclosed this right after the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, which was chaired by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, according to Punch.
Dr. Andrew said three of the fatalities were reported from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, while the other two were confirmed at the Irrua Specialist Hospital. He added that the total deaths in the state since the third wave of the pandemic began has reached 64, including the five new deaths.
He emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to avoid contracting the deadly delta variant of the virus, adding that the government has successfully vaccinated over 82,849 persons across the state in the second phase vaccination exercise.
The state government is still urging residents to ensure they get vaccinated in order to stay safe and healthy
Furthermore, Dr. Andrew announced that tomorrow, September 21, 2021, the state will begin the administration of the second dose of Moderna vaccines for those who received the first dose in the second phase vaccination exercise. He urged residents to take advantage of the vaccination exercise to get full protection against the virus.
Making his statement, he said that, “Edo State, in the last 72 hours, recorded five more deaths from COVID-19; the persons were all unvaccinated, which restates the need for everyone to get inoculated in order to stay healthy and alive.
“We also confirmed 58 new cases from the 492 samples collected across the state within the 72-hour timeframe, with 52 recoveries and 616 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation facilities within the state,” he added.
In addition, he stated that the state has collected 14,898 samples in the third wave of the pandemic and recorded 1,270 confirmed cases and 590 recoveries, with a test positivity rate of 11.8 percent.