Coronavirus: Obaseki calls for caution amid electioneering as death toll hits 82

Coronavirus: Obaseki calls for caution amid electioneering as death toll hits 82

- Governor Godwin Obaseki is concerned about the rising death toll of COVID-19 in Edo state

- Obaseki urged residents of Edo to observe set guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus amid electioneering campaigns

- Edo has now recorded a total of 2, 292 confirmed coronavirus cases, 10, 555 suspected cases and 82 deaths

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has urged residents of Edo to observe set guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus amid electioneering campaigns as the death toll for the virus in the state hits 82.

Speaking to journalists in Benin city, the state capital, the governor called for caution among citizens as the campaigns enter a critical stage in the coming weeks.

He specifically urged residents to protect the state’s aged population, who are most vulnerable to the virus.

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Coronavirus: Obaseki calls for caution amid electioneering as death toll hits 82

Governor Obaseki calls for caution as COVID-19 related deaths in Edo state hits 82. Photo credit: Edo state govt
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The governor said: “Political activities leading to the governorship election on September 19 have commenced. I appeal to everyone to exercise caution and observe the regulatory guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 during electioneering campaigns.”

According to the state's commissioner for health, Dr Patrick Okundia: “Edo has now recorded a total of 2, 292 confirmed cases, 10, 555 suspected cases and 82 deaths, while 1,800 persons have been discharged from various isolation centres in the state.”

The commissioner reassured that contact tracing and line-listing activities are on-going in all affected local government areas in the state, adding that persons who are susceptible to the virus through contacts are being tracked.

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Meanwhile, a poll carried out by Legit.ng indicates most Nigerians want schools to resume as soon as possible despite the increase in coronavirus cases.

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The poll was carried out on leading social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, July 28.

Nigerians were asked if schools should be allowed to resume especially with the federal government recently approving some secondary school classes to resume.

On Legit.ng Facebook page which has over 4 million followers, 77% of 3,500 respondents voted for a yes, while 23% of the respondents voted for a no.

On Legit.ng Twitter page with over 700, 000 followers, 70.8% of the respondents voted for a yes, while 22% respondents voted for a no.

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