Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
The Imo state government has confirmed 46 new cases of Covid-19 in the state.
The chairman of Covid-19 taskforce committee in the state, Prof Maurice Iwu, who spoke to journalists in Owerri on Monday said that 462 samples were taken and 46 turned out positive.
According to Iwu, a former national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the second wave of the virus did not take the state by a surprise.
He said that the committee was working hard to ensure that all the covid -19 preventive measures and protocols were observed by the residents of the state.
Iwu disclosed that the state was able to curtail the spread of the virus during the time it first broke out in the state because it applied proactive steps and strict adherence to the guidelines of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.
He called on the people of the state to adhere to the Covid-19 protocols, while assuring that the state was battle ready to curtail the virus.
Iwu emphasised on the need for people to always wear face masks while in public or enclosure of other people.
He advised the people on the need to maintain physical distancing and washing of hands frequently with soap and use of alcohol based sanitizers.
Thhe Commissioner for Health, Damaris Osunkwo, said that the state government was ready to ensure that the second wave of the pandemic was defeated as soon as possible.
She informed that all the isolation centres in the state were still operational.