Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State has on Friday pushed the date for school resumption in the state to February 1, 2021, following the spike in fresh COVID-19 cases.
Announcing this development during a press briefing at the Government House in Benin City, Obaseki also notified residents of the adjustment of curfew time.
He revealed that the curfew time had been adjusted and is to be observed between 10:00 p.m and 5: 00 am daily.
According to Obaseki, the state had witnessed an 84.5 per cent rise in the number of COVID-19 infected persons from December first to date.
Obaseki further stated that there has been a 10.5 per cent increase in the number of older persons infected with COVID-19.
He revealed that more older people infected with the deadly virus are the ones dying.
“Most of the cases in the early phase of the pandemic were travel-related but since December 2020, there has been a 13.9 percent increase in community transmission of the disease," the governor said.
Obaseki further lamented that the second wave was becoming a big concern.
According to Obaseki, there has been a 15 percent increase in the number of persons infected with COVID-19 who show no signs or symptoms of the disease but are transmitting it in communities across the state.
“Our children and youth are major contributors to this group," Obaseki revealed. "The curfew is now reviewed from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. effective from Saturday 16th January, 2021.”
Obaseki further implored all residents of Edo state to adhere to every government directives on COVID-19