Abia State has recorded 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This brings the total number of covid-19 cases in the State to 7.

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu made this known in Aba while addressing newsmen on recent development and the State Government’s efforts at combating the pandemic.

According to him, out of the five new confirmed cases, three of the cases are returnees from Lagos, while the other two are asymptomatic and have no history of previous travels.

“The circumstances of these cases have brought to the fore, the need to re-emphasise total closure of our borders, and the commitment of every person, especially those we have assigned to the duty of manning our borders,” he said.

He said the pandemic could be tackled through collective responsibility in preventing further spread, and urged the residents in the State to show commitment towards hygiene protocols.

Ikpeazu said the fight against COVID-19 should not be considered a Government business alone, explaining that Abia Government expects everyone to show leadership at family, community and church levels.

He said that his Government had begun contact tracing, as his COVID-19 response team have been mobilised into affected locations and Local Government Areas. 

“The contact tracing will take us to Ofeme and Afugiri communities in Umuahia North Local Government and Olokoro community in Umuahia South Local Government Areas.

“We want residents in these communities, especially those that have come in contact with the cases, to come forward and make the contact tracing exercise a little easier for us,” Ikpeazu said.

He urged members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and all those involved in movement of people and goods to consider the recent development as a wake-up call.

“Our decision to lock our borders is very serious and if we don’t take it serious, the state may be embarrassed by the number of cases that will infiltrate from elsewhere,” Ikpeazu said.


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