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Rivers extends lockdown to new areas

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RIVERS State has introduced anti-COVID-19 lockdown in some parts of Port Harcourt which was not previously affected.

  Gov. Nyesom Wike made the order in a statewide broadcast on Monday.

  According to him, all communities in Port Harcourt metropolis and Obio Akpor Local Government Areas are now covered by the lockdown.

  “We are also watching the conduct of residents and traders in Rumuokoro, Rumuokurusi and Oyigbo who are refusing to adhere to the government’s ban and restrictions on business and social gathering in the State. We appeal to the leaders of these communities to enforce the established restrictions or risk the imposition of a total lockdown on their communities,” Wike said.

  The governor was also critical of security operatives who he accused of “deliberately putting our state and the lives of our people at risk as our health system.”

  “These unscrupulous security officers are deliberately putting our state and the lives of our people at risk as our health system can hardly cope, should there be a surge in COVID-19 cases. As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, Rivers State had six confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two fully recovered and discharged, two confirmed deaths, while two are active and presently receiving treatment in our isolation and treatment centre at Nchia General Hospital, Eleme,” he said.

  He bemoaned the conduct of some residents of the state capital and warned it is counter-productive to the fight against coronavirus spread.

  “We are also watching the conduct of residents and traders in Rumuokoro, Rumuokurusi and Oyigbo who are refusing to adhere to the government’s ban and restrictions on business and social gathering in the State. We appeal to the leaders of these communities to enforce the established restrictions or risk the imposition of a total lockdown on their communities,” Wike added.

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