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COVID 19: Edo records 115 cases in 72 hours, 34 deaths

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

Edo state has recorded 115 new cases and 56 recoveries from coronavirus disease in the last 72 hours as deaths from the second wave of the pandemic reached 34.

While the governor, on Tuesday, intensified efforts in the compulsorily use of facemasks, the state COVID-19 incident manager, Dr Andrew Obi, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, confirmed that the recalcitrance of some residents across the state not using facemasks, had not been helping the issues and decried the steady rise in the number of confirmed cases and deaths and urged residents to be cautious and observe all health and safety protocols against the spread of the virus. He said “Edo state has, in the last 72 hours, recorded 115 new cases of COVID 19 and two more deaths, bringing to a total figure of 34 in the second wave. We also recorded 56 recoveries within the time frame and with 702 active cases who are being treated at various treatment centers”

Obi noted that Edo was facing more violent strain of the virus in the second wave as all indices, including case positivity and death rates, are higher when compared with the first wave, also reaffirming the state government’s commitment to containing the pandemic and protecting the people.

Obi charged residents of Edo state, who notice any COVID-19 symptoms, to contact the state emergency operation centre for urgent response, adding that it was the only way to ensure reduction in the increasing number.

Meanwhile, non-academic activities were paralysed at the University of Benin on Monday following the industrial action embarked upon by the two major non-academic staff unions in the institution.

The unions, investigation revealed, declared an indefinite strike action to press home their demands with federal government.

But further investigation revealed that the strike action was complied with by the University of Benin except at the vice chancellor’s office where some workers were seen carrying out their duties.

Speaking with our correspondent, Mr Broderick Osewa, chairman of SSANU, University of Benin Chapter, expressed delight with the compliance level, adding that “We signed an agreement in October 2020 that, between that time and November, our minimum wage arrears would be paid as well as issues around our Earned Allowances resolved and other things that we put together are yet to be addressed”

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