COVID-19: Edo Clears 917 Suspected Cases, Intensifies 830 Contacts Tracing

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Edo State government says it has cleared and exited 917 suspected cases of COVID-19 across the state who have completed the compulsory 14-day follow up and tested negative.

The state government also disclosed that contact tracing of over 830 suspected cases is currently ongoing across the 192 wards of the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, while disclosing this in Benin said the cleared cases comprise 338 Persons of Interests (POI) and 579 others that had various degrees of contacts with confirmed cases.

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According to him, the state has tested over 917 residents, screened over 126, 000 persons.

The Commissioner further disclosed that the state has so far recorded 95 confirmed cases, 885 suspected cases, 5 deaths and 35 discharges.

He noted that the state’s improved efforts at screening and testing were responsible for the rising number of confirmed cases.

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The commissioner, however, identified screening and testing as essential in the government’s efforts at containing the pandemic.

He said, “The Edo State Government encourages all residents with symptoms of the disease to come out for screening, testing and treatment as early detection is key to containing the virus. When detected early, a patient’s chance for survival increases.

“We urge you to comply with all government directives, aimed at ensuring the health and safety of all Edo people. While the government ramps up efforts to win the war against this common enemy, it is imperative that residents stay at home and observe social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures against the spread of the disease, including regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing. Also do well to report anyone with oversea travel history.”

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Okundia, however, reassured that the remaining 55 cases that are yet to be discharged are on active treatment at various isolation centres in the state and are responding well to treatment.

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