COVID-19: 156 cases recorded in A’Ibom in 2 weeks



No fewer than 156 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Akwa Ibom in the two weeks since the advent of  Delta variant and the of the virus.


The Secretary to the State , Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, disclosed this in press conference in Uyo on .


Ekuwem, who is also the Chairman of the State’s COVID-19 Committee, said that the the number of cases rose from five to 156 while three deaths recorded.


He said that while the global COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the world since its in 2019, the first case was diagnosed on April 1, in Akwa Ibom.


“Since then, His Excellency, Gov. Udom Emmanuel had put in place proactive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Over the past two weeks, cases of COVID-19 within the state have risen from five to 156.


“This increase, when considered in the light of the new Delta variant of the virus, which has now been isolated in Nigeria, calls for a renewal of our collective effort at preventing the spread of Covid-19 virus infection in our state,” Ekuwem said.


He called on residents of the state to obey all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
Ekuwem said that all COVID-19 monitoring mechanisms have been  reactivated strict compliance with guidelines and protocols, to assist the state combat the new wave.


“The state also advised citizens that  distancing in tricycles and in mini-buses and wearing of face masks are to be strictly complied with.


“Religious houses (churches and mosques) should run at half capacity and services should not more than one hour.


“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, companies, Supermarkets, Banks, Pharmacies should all ensure compliance with all COVID-19 preventive measures in their facilities.


“Report any suspicious symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and body pains and weakness to the nearest COVID-19 facility or use the following help lines 08000275664, 08189411111,” the SSG said.


Ekuwem gave the assurance that the State molecular laboratories fully functional and tests for COVID-19 being done regularly.(NAN)