Seven unvaccinated persons die, infections rising, as Edo opens more points for vaccination – Nigerian Observer

BENIN CITY – Edo State is witnessing a sharp rise in the number of COVID-19-related deaths and infections, with unvaccinated persons accounting for 100 percent of fatalities recorded in the state.

The State COVID-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, disclosed this after the daily virtual meeting of the State COVID-19 Taskforce, chaired by the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

The Incident Manager noted that over 96 percent 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.

According to him, “Edo State, in the last 24 hours, recorded two more COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths recorded in the third wave of the pandemic to 7.

“We also confirmed 54 new cases from the 354 samples collected within the 24-hour timeframe, with 5 recoveries and 187 active cases that are being managed at various treatment and isolation centres within the state.

“While 100 percent of the deaths recorded in the state are unvaccinated persons, 96 percent 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 numerous posts spread across the 18 local councils to ensure the realization of the government’s plan for herd immunity, urging residents to leverage the opportunity of the exercise to get full protection 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,” the Incident Manager noted.

Obi further stated that Edo has so far collected 7,095 samples and recorded 294 confirmed cases and 100 recoveries since July 17, 2021, when the state started tracking the third wave of the pandemic.

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