The Akwa Ibom State Government on Thursday said the Delta Variant of COVID-19 has killed three persons in two weeks in the state.
The Secretary to State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem disclosed this on Thursday in Uyo while speaking with reporters.
According to Ekuwem, the three deaths were among the 156 cases that tested positive within the period, noting that the increase calls for renewal of collective effort at preventing the spread of the virus infection in the state.
The SSG also called for caution and vigilance, adding that the state government has reactivated all Covid-19 monitoring mechanisms to ensure strict compliance with Covid-19 guidelines and protocols henceforth.
He said: “Over the past two weeks, cases of COVID-19 within the state have risen from five to 156.
“This increase, when considered in the light of the Delta variant of the virus, which has now been isolated in Nigeria, calls for a renewal of our collective effort at preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus infection in our state.
“Accordingly, the government calls on all citizens of the state to obey all COVID-19 guidelines and protocols earlier enunciated by the state government and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
“All non-essential social gatherings should be reconsidered with the view to drastically reducing the scale and scope or suspending same at this time. These include: burials, weddings, birthday celebrations etc”
The SSG also warned that social distancing in tricycles and in mini-buses, wearing of face masks are to be strictly complied with, while religious houses would now run at half capacity and services should last not more than one hour.