If the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Rivers State, the state government will be forced to impose another lockdown, says the governor, Nyesom Wike.
The governor gave the indication in a state-wide broadcast on Monday. He said it was worrisome that the NCDC was still reeling our high numbers of positive cases in the state, just at the residents were ignoring all recommended safety protocols.
Rivers is currently placed third on the table, after Lagos and Abuja. But as at Monday, September 6, the state was said to have recorded two positive cases.
The governor said “the daily figures released fromm the NCDC show that both the transmission and death rates in the last two weeks have consistently been on a rising spiral because residents and visitors to the State have largely abandoned their responsibility to comply with the existing COVID-19 Protocols.
“Clearly, we are headed for a serious health disaster of profound consequences if residents and visitors continue to behave as if the pandemic no longer exists or impotent in Rivers State.
“This is a big lie and we cannot afford to continue to close our eyes to the dangers such irresponsible behaviour poses to the health, lives and livelihood of everyone.
“Accordingly, I wish to remind residents of the subsisting protocols on regular washing of hands and use of alcohol-based sanitizer; maintaining social distancing; wearing of face masks at all public places, including transport vehicles and going for immediate testing and treatment whenever you notice any of the symptoms.
“Although it remains our desire to keep the State open and allow citizens to go about their social, religious and economic activities unimpeded.
“But we may be constrained to re-imposed the suspended COVID-19 lockdown measures across the State if the transmission of the disease continues to increase beyond tolerable limits.”
He appealed to religious leaders to encourage their followers to go out for the vaccination and also comply with other safety protocols.