The Abia State Government has said that the ban on public gatherings and compulsory use of facemasks in public places remains in effect as the second wave of COVID-19 takes its toll on Nigeria.
To this end, the state has concluded plans to flag off what it calls Abia COVID-19 Awareness Day to ensure strict compliance with the protocols to curtail the spread of the virus.
The Chairman of the State Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the State Government, Chris Ezem stated this at a meeting with Traditional Rulers Council, religious leaders, security agencies and select stakeholders in the state at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
According to the SSG, the second wave of COVID-19 cannot be taken for granted as the records from NCDC gets even more frightening by the day.
The Commissioner for Health, Joe Osuji however observed a disturbing trend in spread of the second wave of the deadly Coronavirus when he disclosed that in the first nine months of the outbreak of the pandemic, Abia State recorded a total of 1,015 positive cases, but has recorded over 300 cases in January 2021 alone.