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Akwa Ibom relaxes lockdown today, tomorrow for residents to restock

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Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, while extending the restrictions of movement order by one week as part of measures to contain the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world, however, gave residents a window of opportunity yesterday and tomorrow, between 6 am and 1 pm, to restock foodstuffs.

The extension, which was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, and made available to newsmen in Uyo, urged residents to ensure total compliance in already established guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Following the enforcement of the Quarantine and Restrictions of Movement Regulations 2020, which have caused some economic discomforts to citizens and residents of Akwa Ibom State, the governor, compassionate and sensitive to these discomforts, has directed that the lockdown is extended by one week only.

“Lockdown will be enforced after 1 pm on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18.

“All preventive measures earlier announced by the state government COVID-19 medical management team remain in force during and after the seven-hour respite.

“For the avoidance of doubt, these measures include social distancing in all gatherings, use of face masks while complying with social distancing, frequent hand washing with running water and soap, use of sanitisers at homes, entrance doors to homes, office buildings and churches, only two passengers per tricycle, with each passenger wearing a face mask, only one person per row in minibuses, with passengers wearing face masks, measurement of body temperatures with infrared thermometers where available. 

“Any citizen or resident whose body temperature is found to be 38 degrees centigrade and above should be escorted from a safe distance to the nearest medical facility for assistance. The same applies to frequent coughing or sneezing and having difficulties in breathing,” he said.

Ekuwem, who is also the Chairman, COVID-19 Committee, reminded residents that the lockdown enforcement includes Jumat services yesterday and church services tomorrow.

He said the state government would continue to monitor and review the situation in the state, so as to respond speedily and appropriately to protect the health of its citizens.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Aniekan Bassey, has commended the state government for the fumigation exercise at the Assembly Complex and other parts of the state as proactive steps to curb the spread of the virus.


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