-By Harris Emanuel
Uyo—-At least three persons in Akwa Ibom State have been reported dead from the Delta variant of Covid 19 following the ravaging effect of the new wave of the pandemic in the past two weeks.
Secretary to State Government and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, who disclosed this, also said the number of infected persons in the state has risen five to 156.
He urged residents of the state to obey all Covid-19 guidelines and protocols earlier enunciated adding 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.
Ekuwem also advised residents to ensure that; “Social 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 last not more than one (1) hour. Hotels, sit-outs, clubs, schools, supermarkets, Banks, pharmacies and transport companies, should all ensure compliance with all Covid-19 preventive measures in their facilities.” Ekuwem warned.
He asked residents to 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 while noting that the State molecular laboratories are fully functional and tests for covid-19 are being done regularly.
“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 said.