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COVID-19: Edo State Record 2 Fresh Cases, Commence Contact Tracing of 234 persons

  • Bans the use of Hotels for Self-Isolation

The Edo state government has ordered the closure of all major markets from 12 midnight on Tuesday, April 7th as part of efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the state.

As a result of this development all food sections in the markets across the state are directed to move to the closest public-school fields where residents can easily reach them to purchase their daily supplies.

Announcing the order, the Edo state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu said the state government has embarked on the contact tracing of 234 potential contacts a sufferer may have come across when he was trying to reach the hospital while on referral.

The deputy governor narrated how one of the 11 that tested positive reportedly took a public transport to Irrua Specialist Hospital instead of taking a taxi. He said he was referred to the specialist hospital from the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.

 “Only God knows how many people he has infected with the disease. And that is why we are tracing those who may have had contact with the man that tested positive. It may not be just his family members alone but those that boarded the same vehicle with him,” he said.

Shaibu also maintained that anyone not wearing the face mask would be sanctioned by the state.

“These measures were put in place to save residents of the state from contracting the disease. Information reaching the state government indicated that some returnees who are of Edo origin were using hotels to self-isolate. I want to say that henceforth, the state government has banned the use of hotels and homes for self- isolation,” he said.

The 2 fresh cases of Coronavirus in Edo state bring the number of cases in the state to 11.

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