The Edo State Government on Friday said it was recording more deaths and less recoveries since the third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic started in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Edo Ministry of Health, Osamwonyi Irowa, disclosed this during the daily COVID-19 briefing in Benin.

He said the increasing number of deaths in the state was worrisome and required the need to take the COVID-19 protocols seriously.

Mr Irowa, a medical doctor, appealed to residents to observe the non-pharmaceutical measures put in place as well as take advantage of the availability of vaccines, and get vaccinated to reduce the number of deaths.

He disclosed that the ministry would mobilise churches and mosques during the weekend to administer the COVID-19 vaccines to worshipers.

“We are observing that more deaths are occurring in this third wave for the same period of time as the second wave.

“The number of deaths encountered during the second wave is now times two in this third wave.

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“There is an urgent need to step up our game in terms of preventing the spread of this virus. This third wave is more deadly.

“We have treatment facilities across the three senatorial districts. Those who are above 50, stand the risk of dying,” he said.

Ebomwonyi Osagie, the head of COVID-19 case management in the state, said the state over the past 24 hours, recorded 97 new cases and two new deaths, bringing the number of deaths so far to 59.

(NAN)

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