- Governor Nyesom Wike has announced new measures to curb the spread of the disease within Rivers state
- The Rivers state governor announced the closure of all air, sea, and land borders leading to the state
- Wike had earlier banned open worship, burials, and weddings as a preventive measure against COVID-19
The Rivers government in a move to check the spread of coronavirus within the state announced that all routes leading into the state such as air, sea, and land will be closed to traffic, beginning 6 pm, on Thursday, March 26.
According to Channels TV, this was revealed on Wednesday, March 25, by the state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in a broadcast. He said that preventive measures had become necessary in light of recent developments in the country.
The Rivers governor went on to disclose that a COVID-19 case would have been reported in the state if not for the vigilance of security operatives who stopped an infected person from boarding a flight to Port Harcourt.
He said: “The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her.
“Based on this alarming Information, the State Security Council met yesterday and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.”
Wike while noting that all land and sea borders will be closed, stressed that vehicular movements in an out of the state have also been banned.
He further explained that no vehicle is allowed to leave or enter the state as the new measures will be in place until further notice.
The governor recalled earlier measures taken by the state government to curb the spread which includes the ban on all forms of open worship, burials and weddings. He added that public parks, night clubs, and cinemas have been instructed to shut down.
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It would be recalled that the federal government recently shut down three international airports as part of its strategic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus across the country.
The airports are; Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano; Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Airport, Rivers.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian government announced the closure of all land borders for four weeks as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The weekly federal executive council of the Buhari administration has also been suspended “until further notice,” according to an announcement by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha. Mustapha also doubles as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19.
In other news, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said Nigerians can travel within the country unhindered as domestic flight operations have not been suspended.
The agency in a statement on Tuesday, March 24, stated that the ban on all international flight operations due to the coronavirus pandemic was not extended to domestic flights.
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