The Rivers State which has recorded a total of 3, 368 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus so far has the highest figure of infections in the entire South South geopolitical region.

This is according to latest statistical figures that have just been released by the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

It is followed by EDO State with 2,826 while Delta trails a distant third with 1,868 confirmed cases.

A further breakdown of the statistics released on Sunday by the National Centre of Disease Control indicates that Bayelsa State has registered 519 confirmed cases, Akwa Ibom 429 and Cross River, 169 cases.

Meanwhile,  as the situation worsens in Rivers State, residents have been asked to start preparations in readiness for another round of lockdowns which may confine them to their homes in the new year.

Governor Nyesom Wike who dropped the hint said government was worried by the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the State.

He urged the people to comply with existing protocols put in place for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

These include the regular wearing of face masks, washing of hands with soapy water, use of sanitisers and the observance of social distancing.

Wike said that if the number of confirmed cases in the State continue to escalate, his administration will be forced in the public interest to shut down completely.

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Although government hasn’t said when the measure would go into force, but there are speculations the first week of January is being considered for the proclamation of the anticipated lockdown by Rivers officials.

There are however concerns that the situation may be exploited by greedy traders who might take advantage of efforts by the masses to stockpile much needed essentials to jerk up prices in markets across the State.