Akwa Ibom State Government has canceled all State Government events requiring large crowds as a new wave of Covid-19 reveals 48 new cases.

It has also warned residents that it would endorse compliance wowed of COVID-19 guidelines after it recorded zero infections in recent months.

Secretary to State Government and Chairman. COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem told a press conference in Uyo on Friday that extra caution would be taken against acts that could lead to another Lockdown.

“Large political meetings are discouraged until the current spike of COVID-19 infections is reduced.

Religious leaders must adhere strictly to the guidelines and protocols for programs as developed by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and submitted to the government.

“School administrators must ensure compulsory and proper use of face masks by students, teachers, and everyone in the school premises. All COVID-19 guidelines and protocols must be strictly adhered to by everyone.

“Use of face masks remains compulsory in all public buildings, offices, public places, tricycles, buses, cars, churches, mosques, markets, hotels, schools, etc

Social distancing must be maintained in all public events (indoor and outdoor), in tricycles, cars, taxis, buses, schools, churches, etc.

“Regular handwashing with running water; 6.4 Regular use of sanitizers in homes, offices, public buildings, schools, churches, mosques, hotels, markets, etc; Personal temperature measurements at entry points into all public buildings, churches, schools, etc; high body  Temperatures are to be reported to the nearest medical facility.

“Hotels, bars, nightclubs, restaurants, fast food outlets, and tourism resorts adhere strictly to further specific guidelines and protocols as outlined by the COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocol Task Force of the Hotel and Tourism Management Board.

“All COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocol Compliance Monitoring Teams in Churches, Mosques,  Markets, Motor Parks, checkpoints, etc, are hereby directed to increase the frequency, intensity,  scope and scale of their monitoring activities,” Ekuwem said.

Ekuwem, therefore, called on Akwa Ibom people to help curb the rapid spread of the dreaded coronavirus by undertaking all necessary precautionary measures as issued by the state government, National Commission for Disease Control World Health Organisation, and other relevant public health organizations.

He however assured that the state government is battle-ready to fight and contain the pandemic, “we must act cautiously, not carelessly to keep safe and save others. Recently, the test results from our PCR laboratory clearly indicate a sharp increase in the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state.” He said.


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