In a move to check the spread of coronavirus, the Rivers State Government on Wednesday announced that air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic, beginning 6pm on Thursday, March 26.
In a broadcast, Governor Nyesom Wike said the measure became necessary in view of recent developments.
He disclosed that the state would have recorded a case of the pandemic on Tuesday but for the vigilance of security agents. “Our state would have been infected with coronavirus yesterday but for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip-off prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt.
“The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, 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,” said the governor.
‘‘All land and sea borders will be closed. Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence no vehicle will leave Rivers for any other state and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state,” said Governor Wike who added that the new measures will be in place till further notice.
Government also banned all forms of open worship including crusades and vigils, public burials and weddings, while public parks, night clubs and cinemas were directed to close down.