Edo government harps on self-reporting, as coronavirus cases rise to 108

The Edo State Government has restated the need for individuals who recently came into the country, traveled from high incident states or had contacts with confirmed cases to report themselves through the COVID-19 toll-free response lines.

This followed the rise in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state to 108.

Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who made the appeal in Benin City, noted that compliance with social distancing, self-isolation, self-reporting and other guidelines against the spread of the virus would complement the state government’s efforts in containing the pandemic.

Okundia said Edo State has so far recorded 108 confirmed cases, 1, 058 suspected cases, five deaths and 35 recoveries, noting that improved efforts at testing were responsible for the rising number of confirmed cases.

While urging all residents to turn out for the ongoing screening in the state, he said, “The Edo State Government encourages everyone with symptoms of the disease or who have had contacts with confirmed cases to go for screening, testing and treatment as early detection is key to containing the virus.

“We’re calling on all citizens to present or report themselves through the Edo State COVID-19 toll free response lines following any recent travel into the country or from high incident states within the country.

“By complying with precautionary guidelines, you are not only helping the government in fighting the deadly disease, but ensuring the health and wellbeing of your relatives and other residents”.

“The government urges every Edo person to avoid large gatherings and comply with all government directives, aimed at keeping them safe and healthy.”

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