Ikpeazu, who made the announcement in a statement in Umuahia, said that the new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia would require the testing.
The governor said that massive testing would enable the state to achieve, at least, 10 per cent coverage of the population at the initial stage of the exercise.
“The state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches, using sample population size of between 30 and 250 people in some densely populated LGAs.
“Unfortunately, results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to the COVID-19 test, were positive while others turned in negative results,” Ikpeazu said.
Ikpeazu said that the patients had been admitted at the state’s isolation facility.
He expressed confidence that the patients would be successfully treated.
The governor said that collective responsibility was the best weapon against the pandemic.
”If any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening, but it is neither criminal nor necessarily the person’s fault.
“Let me put it on record that statistics shows that many more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it.”
The governor directed the Transition Committee Chairmen of the 17 Local Government Councils in Abia and their deputies to present themselves for COVID-19 test and isolate themselves pending the release of the results.
Ikpeazu urged the people of Abia to get involved in the battle against the disease by supporting government efforts against the pandemic.