Governor Nyesom Wike has spoken positively about the intention of his administration to reopen markets in the State.
The markets have remained securely locked in the last four months as a result of the ongoing fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
The State’s main opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday called on the State Government to reopen markets, saying traders and their families are going through trying times.
Governor Wike appeared, according to one observer “to have possibly agreed with the position expressed by the opposition”, given  the swift reaction which came Wednesday night.
Addressing the people,  Wike who highlighted Government’s effort to tackle  the virus assured the Rivers people that markets across the State would be reopened.
“We are appraising the prospect of opening our markets to public trading and would do so once we are satisfied that it is safe.”
He however disclosed that “appropriate guidelines to enforce social distancing, hand washing, basic hygiene practices, and the wearing of face masks”, would be driven into place by Government.
“Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to flatten the curve”, Governor Wike lamented,  “Instead, the number of positive cases has continued to rise, much to our collective discomfort.
“Apart from the dramatic rise in positive cases, we now know that this virus is spreading in our communities all over the State”, the Governor revealed.
Rivers recorded a total 1235 confirmed cases since the outbreak of the virus. Within the period, at least 4573 samples  have been collected while 3871 samples have been tested.
The authorities hinted that there are about 382 active cases and 43 deaths credited to the spread of the virus within Rivers boundaries.
But, Wednesday night, the Rivers governor hinted during the broadcast that 810 people who have been undergoing mefical treatment at various isolation centres have been discharged.
Apparently dissatisfied with the response of the public to mask wearing and social distancing, the Governor added, “We have also noticed that most affected people are resorting to self-medication” rather than “presenting themselves for appropriate medical attention and treatment.”

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