Edo records five COVID-19 deaths, 58 new infections in 72 hours

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Edo recorded five COVID-19 deaths and 58 new cases in the last 72 hours.

Head of the state’s Coronavirus Case Management Centre, Dr Ebomwonyi Osagie, said on Monday in Benin that the deaths were those of unvaccinated people.

He told a news conference that 52 victims also got well and were discharged during the period in review.

“A total of 492 samples were collected; we have 274 people in home care and 287 discharged, since the outbreak of the third wave of the virus.

“For now, we have a total of 1,270 confirmed cases, 616 active cases, 45 patients currently in our facilities with 65 deaths recorded, since the outbreak of the third wave,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, noted that some Edo residents had been attempting to buy certificate of vaccination cards through the backdoor without taking the vaccine.

This, he said they were doing because of government’s stance of ‘no vaccination card, no access to government’s facilities.

“Those buying the cards and insiders selling them will face the full wrath of the law,’’ Dr Irowa assured. (NAN)

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