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Eid-el-Kabir: Edo govt urges caution, compliance to protocols amid third wave of COVID-19

The Edo State Government has urged residents to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festivities with caution and adhere to preventive protocols against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 infections across the country.

The Edo State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, reassured that the government remains committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all citizens.

Shaibu, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Edo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, urged residents to be cautious amid the festivities to prevent the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 from gaining entrance into the state.

The Deputy Governor noted: “On behalf of the Edo State Government, I want to once more congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters on this auspicious occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

“As we go about with the celebrations, we must bear in mind that the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. I urge you to be cautious and protect yourselves by adhering to public health and safety measures against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the wake of the third wave of the pandemic.

“The Delta variant of the virus has been detected in Nigeria, though no case has been confirmed in Edo State, which makes it even more imperative for us to be cautious and prevent the highly transmissible Delta variant from gaining entrance into the state.

“As we travel to and from different parts of the country to mark the festivities, I urge you to stay safe and guard yourself against the virus by observing physical distancing, wearing facemasks and regularly washing your hands, even as we intensify efforts to protect residents across all communities.”

“Just like we defeated the first and the second waves of the virus in Edo State, with your support and collaboration, together we shall finally win the war against this common enemy of mankind,” he added.

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