Edo State Government on Sunday said it has discharged 122 Coronavirus patients from its isolation centres after they tested negative for the virus.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, said the state had so far recorded 1,353 cases of the virus.

”We have recorded 87 new confirmed cases, with 31 cases reported at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) and 56 cases at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

“We have made tremendous progress in the management of coronavirus, as 122 patients have been discharged from our isolation centres, bringing the total number of discharges to 718,” he said.

He noted that a total 6300 suspected cases have been reported, with 47 deaths.

The commissioner said the state government has intensified contact tracing, line-listing and contact monitoring of contacts of the confirmed cases.

Noting the state government is committed to controlling the spread of the virus, he said necessary actions are being taken regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices in ISTH, UBTH and Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre (SOHIC).

The Nation quoted Okundia as saying that the state government has intensified public enlightenment and sensitisation on the need to get screened/tested and for prompt presentation at the designated health facilities when symptomatic.