ALLEGED PRESENCE OF INDIAN VARIANT OF COVID-19: EDSG debunks Rumour, warns against flouting Protocols.
The government of Edo State has described as untrue the recent rumour on social media that the Indian COVID-19 variant has been discovered in the state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki disclosed this during a press briefing on measures so far taken by the Government to curb covid-19 spread in the state
The Governor who was represented by the permanent secretary ministry of health, Edo state Doctor Osamwonyi Irowa said there was currently no update or report suggestive of the presence of the Indian COVID-19 variant or a new variant of the Virus in Edo State in the past 96 hours.
He expressed appreciation to the people of Edo State for the support and adherence to the COVID 19 guidelines and protocols which led to the breakthrough in curtailing the spread of the virus.
The Governor maintained that unapproved number of gatherings, swimming pools and social Party remain suspended and that anyone who flout the law will be arrested and prosecuted.
He appealed to the Public, Teachers and Heads of Schools, Workers and others to get vaccinated.
He said a total of 36,235 persons have been vaccinated across the State with the first dose of AstraZeneca Vaccine accounting for 89.1 per cent of the set target.
Other members of the Edo State COVID 19 response team including the state covid-19 incident manager Dr Andrew Obi said the state has witnessed a 12.9 per cent drop in the number of infected persons.
The federal government, as part of efforts to ensure the new variant of COVID-19 doesn’t enter into the country, had on 26th of April 2021 restricted international travels from India, Brazil and Turkey
The Government had also strengthened surveillance at all entry points into the country.