Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has announced a total cessation of movements and prohibition of events of any kind for 14 days.
This followed confirmation of five cases of coronavirus in the state.
The Governor, in a statewide broadcast on Thursday in Uyo, said the decision was to enable a thorough process of contact tracing.
Emmanuel explained that the COVID-19 suspects, mostly healthcare professionals, who are in good health with no symptoms, have been moved to the state isolation centres for proper management.
“There will be no movement of persons, except those on essential duties who must carry a proper means of identification on them at all times.
“All business premises, markets, shops, motor parks and offices except grocery shops and pharmacies must remain closed during this period.”
He insisted that the relevant security agencies have been briefed to ensure strict compliance with the directive.
He warned against panic and fear, and enjoined the cooperation of all residents.
“What we need to do is to stay at home, practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, provide accurate and useful information to health workers whenever necessary,” he added.