Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has introduced a lockdown of components of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Native Authorities Areas in view of the failure of residents of the affected areas to adjust to the rules of the State Authorities to examine the unfold of coronavirus.
In a State Broadcast on Monday, Governor Wike acknowledged that the entire lockdown begins from Tuesday 28 April 2020, until additional discover.
He stated: “In view of the non or passive compliance with these measures, it has turn out to be compelling to additionally place the next components of Port Harcourt and Obio/AkporLocal Authorities Areas on 24 hours full lockdown, starting from Tuesday 28 April 2020, until additional discover:
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“(i) Elekahia, together with all the stretch of Rumukalagbor-Elekahia hyperlink street;
(ii) Rumuomasi, together with Stadium street; and
“(iv) All residents in these areas should keep at dwelling. All outlets, mini-markets, officesand enterprise outfits in these areas should additionally stop to function till additional discover.
“(v) Landlords in these areas should take private duty to implement this lockdown as we won’t hesitate to tug down any industrial constructing or construction that opens to enterprise in violation of this particular directive.”
Governor Wike added: “We’re additionally watching the conduct of residents and merchants in Rumuokoro, Rumuokurusiand Oyigbowho are refusing to stick to the Authorities’s ban and restrictions on enterprise and social gathering within the State.
“We attraction to the leaders of those communities to implement the established restrictions or threat the imposition of a complete lockdown on their communities.”
Governor Wike berated safety companies for permitting travellers to enter and depart the state at will regardless of the closure of the state’s borders.
He stated: “These unscrupulous safety officers are intentionally placing our State and the lives of our individuals in danger as our well being system can hardly cope, ought to there be a surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
“To comprise this risk subsequently, we will probably be inaugurating the State’s Taskforce on Border Closure on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to successfully monitor our boundaries and be sure that no unauthorized individual and or car leaves or enters our State beneath any guise in breach of the lockdown order.”
Governor Wike directed the State Commissioner for Social Welfare to spherical up and deport all vagrants to their state of origin.
He stated: “We now have additionally directed the Commissioner of Social Welfare to round-up and deport all vagrants, together with the almajiris, to their States of origin to guard our individuals from the risk they current to the transmission of this pandemic.
” We now have additionally widened our case discovering and containment technique by shifting from focused testing to energetic sentinel seek for circumstances with acute signs throughout varied private and non-private amenities and topic them to instant testing, isolation and remedy.
“With these measures, and ceaseless supplications to God, we are confident to win the battle against COVID-19 in our State.”
The governor recommended Rivers healthcare employees for his or her efforts and private sacrifices and in prayed God to bless them richly.
He stated: “While we will step-up our efforts to deliver more palliatives to the vulnerable ones among us, we urge all residents to simply comply with the established directives and protocols on the lockdown and social distancing and save our State from the COVID-19 scourge.”
Mr Wike gave a scenario report on the struggle towards the unfold of coronavirus, urging Rivers individuals to stay steadfast.
He stated: “As at yesterday, 26th April 2020, Rivers State had 6 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19, with 2 absolutely recovered and discharged, 2 confirmed deaths, whereas 2 are energetic and presently receiving remedy in our isolation and remedy centre at Nchia Basic Hospital, Eleme.
“The current optimistic circumstances, despite the strategic measures we’ve got put in place, are clear proof of gradual improve in transmission of the virus, which has occurred on account of the actions of those that both selected to breach or sabotage our directives on lockdown and social distancing.
“We take into account the rising development as not solely severe and dangerous, but in addition, one which compels us to step-up our methods and stop a spike within the transmission of the coronavirus in our State.”
“For that reason, we should always all be ready to undergo extra stringent measures, together with a doable whole statewide lockdown, if the scenario so compels, within the days and weeks forward.
“Nevertheless, we could not get to this drastic level if we train extra endurance and strictly obey and observe all established measures, together with the principles, behavioural protocols and restrictions on lockdowns and social distancing.
” It’s subsequently irresponsible for any individual, group of individuals, company entityor establishment to hazard the lives of different individuals by floutingthe present closure of our borders and the ban on enterprise actions and enormous social gathering,” he added.