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COVID-19 Update: AKSG Extends Lockdown by One Week

COVID-19 Update: AKSG Extends Lockdown by One Week

… Gives A 7- Hour Respite Tomorrow Friday and Saturday

By our Correspondent

The Akwa Ibom State Government has extended the lockdown order by one week. This is sequel to the expiration of the 14 days stay-at-home order to residents of the state to stop the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus in the state.

The governor’s directive, which was contained in a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and made available to Century Newsfront this evening.

The release further stated that in a bit to restock food items, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, 2010 from the hours of 6 am and 1 pm, there will be free movement within the state for possible movement of food items and other consumables. The release reads as follows, “1. The lockdown is extended by 1 week ONLY. 2. The lockdown is responsibly and carefully lifted on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April, 2020 from 6 am to 1 pm of each day to enable Akwa Ibomites re-stock foodstuffs and any prescribed medications. 3. Lockdown will be enforced after 1 pm on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April, 2020”.

The statement noted that all preventive measures should be observed during these periods, “ 4. All preventive measures earlier announced by the Akwa Ibom State Government COVID-19 medical management team remain in force during and after the 7-hour RESPITE on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April, 2020. For the purpose of emphasis, 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 sanitizers at homes, entrance doors to homes, office buildings and churches; Only 2 passengers per tricycle with each passenger wearing a face mask; Only 1 person per row in minibuses with passengers wearing face masks; Measurement of body temperatures with infrared thermometers where available”.

He further churches and mosques in the state to continue to obey the restriction order as enforcement agents are still carrying out their responsibilities.

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