A United States based Nigerian and three others persons have lost their life battle to Covid-19 pandemic within the past 24 hours in Edo State.
Dr. Osamwonyi Irowa, Edo State Permanent Secretary, ministry of Health disclosed this at Edo Covid-19 Taskforce Press briefing on Wednesday in Benin City.
The development has brought Covid-19 mortality rate since the 3rd wave began on July 17, 2021, according to Irowa who gave a graphic representation of Covid-19 cases in Edo State.
He revealed that the 57-year-old man took Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine abroad before retuning to Nigeria while three others were unvaccinated.
“Within 24 hours we have recorded four deaths, 55 new cases and eight recoveries”.
He said 369 samples were collected, and that out of the number 53 were positive representing 19.2 percent test positivity rate.
“One of the dead has taken full dose of Johnson Johnson vaccine in USA while others are unvaccinated person”.
“But you don’t have to say because one person who had taken the vaccine died, you wouldn’t take it”
He explained that none of the COVID-19 vaccine has 100 percent efficacy like other vaccines, adding that those vaccinated could still die of the virus due to existing co-morbidity in individuals.
He also appealed to the residents to go for vaccination as the vaccine will reduce transmission and avoidable deaths.
“Those who had taken the vaccines should still adhere strictly to Covid-19 protocol as they can also get infected”, he said.