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 were recorded.
“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 to ensure strict compliance with guidelines and protocols, to assist the state combat the new wave.
“Religious houses (churches and mosques) should run at half capacity and services should last not more than one hour.
“Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, transport 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.