Wike orders closure of markets, other governors react
All markets in Rivers State are to remain closed from tomorrow, Saturday 28 of March, 2020.
The order to shutdown markets was given Thursday by Governor Nyesom Wike in a broadcast to the Rivers people.
The Governor said it had become necessary to safeguard the people and prevent the spread of the virus, saying law enforcement agents have been directed to ensure that the order is carried out.
Wike also directed a large segment of workers between Grade Levels 01 and 10 to stay back at home.
He disclosed that the person who tested positive to the virus is a model who had travelled to some countries, including Italy before returning to Nigeria.
Italy has one of the worst cases of the virus, with so many people reported dead.
Part of the Governor’s broadcast read, “It is however, unfortunate that despite all the preventive measures we put in place, our State has recorded a positive case as confirmed by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
“The positive case is a 19-year-old female model from Edo State who resides in Port Harcourt. Her travel history reveals that she travelled to France, Italy and Greece before returning to Port Harcourt on the 16th of March, 2020.
“On arrival to Port Harcourt, she was asymptomatic and commenced self isolation in her family house before her samples were collected and sent to the Reference Laboratory, Irruan in Edo State.
“The patient is presently being managed at the State Treatment Centre and she is doing excellently well.
“As it is in normal established practice, intensive line listing and contact tracing of all those she came in contact with has commenced in full force.”
Until the index case in Rivers was confirmed, there were people who argued the coronavirus issue may be a scam.
With more cases being recorded in Nigeria, those views are gradually changing.
No less than 50 cases of the viral infection have been confirmed throughout the country.
The next two weeks may prove eventful as goverments in the country embark on containment strategies which may help to keep the people safe.
In Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal announced a ban on movement, but said vehicles conveying food items would be allowed passage during the period.
In Delta, Governor Ifeanyicukwu Okowa said food vendors were free to carry on within the precincts of their business ventures.
He however said all directives, including the maintenance of social distancing must be strictly followed.
Abia State has ordered the immediate payment of its workers to enable them purchase needed items before markets are finally closed to the public.
In Rivers, shoppers have been storming the marketplace to secure edibles and other items as the virus takes its toll across Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the price of foodstuff is skyrocketing as traders make a kill, due to the rush that is being experienced.
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