The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has on Thursday announced a total lockdown in the state, following the confirmation of 5 suspected cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The Governor, in a statewide broadcast on Thursday afternoon, said the decision was to enable a thorough process of contact tracing in the state.
Governor Emmanuel further explained that the Covid-19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the State isolation centres for proper management.
“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.
“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies, must remain closed during this period.
Governor Emmanuel insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.
“Just 2 days ago, I inspected facilities at one of the isolation centres we have prepared for possible cases such as this. This is in addition to the already existing one in Ikot Ekpene, and I can assure you that other facilities are being prepared
He Also warned against panic and fear, and enjoined the cooperation of all residents.
“What we need to do is to stay at home, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary,” he added.