, The new Delta strain of the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed three lives in Akwa Ibom State, out of 156 new cases.
The ravaging effect of the new wave has increased the number of infections from five to 156 in the last two weeks.
Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Committee told journalists in Uyo, the state capital, on Thursday, July 22 that all citizens of the state must follow all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols that had previously been announced.
All COVID-19 monitoring mechanisms have been reactivated, he said, to ensure strict adherence to norms and protocols, and to assist the state government in combating the new wave.
Social distancing in tricycles and 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 last not more than one (1) 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 helplines 08000275664, 08189411111,” Ekuwem reiterated.
He informed locals that the state molecular laboratories were fully operational, and urged them to make use of the facilities by conducting COVID-19 tests.
“We ask you to avail yourself of this facility for your COVID-19 tests. Government shall continue to monitor the trends in the disease and take actions as may be necessary from time to time,” he added.