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Edo State Government Impose Compulsory Use Of Face Mask For Everyone As Coronavirus Cases Hit 11

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Edo State Response Committee on COVID-19, Comrade Philip Shaibu, disclosed this while briefing journalists on activities of the committee.

He disclosed that a total of 235 persons who had contact with the infected persons were currently being traced.

Shaibu explained that samples from the 61 persons so far taken for test, 11 came out positive, and 50 negative.

The deputy governor, who debunked rumours in social media that the state has no ventilators at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, said that the Hospital which had been converted exclusively to fight infectious diseases, had 28 ventilators.

He added that the state government donated three ventilators to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

Edo State Coordinator of World Health Organisation (WHO), Faith Ireye, emphasised the need for staying at home and observing social distancing at public places.

He Said;

“From the confirmed cases and contacts that we have seen, we found out that they walked into the coronavirus.

“The last case, who are two of the relations tested positive, it was friends, one came from Italy, another from UK, that he had relation with, that is where he got it.

“Those have gone back to Italy and UK, and they left the disease with us. So, self-distancing is very important. If everybody is doing self-distancing and people are staying at home, we won’t have more cases,”

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