- Three people have tested positive for the viral coronavirus in Rivers state
- The patients are two children of a deceased COVID-19 patient and a pastor
- This is coming as the Rivers state governor made wearing face masks compulsory
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A report by The Nation indicates that two children of a COVID-19 patient that has passed away and a pastor praying for his recovery have tested positive for the virus in Rivers state.
Governor Nyesom Wike made the disclosure as the state has recorded thirteen (13) COVID-19 cases with two (2) deaths.
The Rivers state governor while giving an update to contain the pandemic situation in the state on Friday, May 1, announced that wearing face-masks in public places has become mandatory.
He said: “The wearing of face mask in all public places is now compulsory throughout the state.
The State Security Council will meet in the next 24 hours to consider and approve necessary mitigating measures for commuters, including the deployment of government buses to shuttle designated public places.”
Wike went on to blame security operatives who were deployed to enforce borders’ closure for sabotaging the state's efforts.
The governor while accusing the operatives of receiving gratifications to allow people in, vowed that borders would be tightened with the inauguration of a Task Force.
He added that the transmission of COVID-19 in the state was a fallout of sabotage by security agencies and their operatives.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Wike accused the federal government of mapping the state out of its support blueprint for other states in combating the novel coronavirus.
The Rivers state governor made the allegation on Thursday, April 30, while receiving the new commissioner of police in Rivers, Joseph Mukan, who replaced Mustapha Dandaura.
According to the governor, the federal government is prioritizing on some states including Kano, Lagos, and Ogun in its supportive efforts towards ending the coronavirus crisis. Wike said Rivers is exposed to visitors but despite that, the state has no "single federal intervention.”
Similarly, Governor Wike on Monday, April 27, announced the immediate deportation of Almajiris and all other beggars to their states of origin.
According to him, deporting the Almajiris had become necessary to protect the people of Rivers state from the threat the beggars' present in spreading coronavirus.
The governor who disclosed this in a state broadcast on COVID-19 and shared on his official social media pages said some parts of Rivers state will be on complete lockdown.
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