Imo State Government said it has raised the COVID-19 sample test to 10 weekly as against the previous arrangement of 3 per week.
Mr. Oguike Nwachukwu, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Hope Uzodimma disclosed in a statement on behalf of the Chairman of the COVID-19 Prevention and Control Committee, Prof. Maurice Iwu on Wednesday in Owerri.
Iwu said there was no case of coronavirus in Imo but that the committee would do everything possible to checkmate the virus from entering the state.
According to him, patients should be willing to surrender themselves to test anytime such demand arises as it does not constitute any stigmatisation to be tested for coronavirus.
He said that Imo indigenes must continue to play by the rule of preventing the spread of the virus in the state.
Iwu added that the COVID-19 prevention taskforce admitted initial low awareness of the virus in Imo, adding that the committee was tackling the challenge.
He urged the media to be a strong partner to the fight against the infection while discouraging them from filing reports about the virus that could cause panic.