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COVID-19: Be Wary Of Visitors From High-Risk States — Wike Warns Residents

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Tobi Adebayo 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has advised residents of the state to be wary of visitors from Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory as inter-state travels, domestic flights resume.

Wike said this in a statement on Wednesday by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim.

“The commencement of inter-state travels and domestic flights will increase the influx of persons from some of the most affected states, especially, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, and aggravate the risk of transmission of the virus in Rivers State.

“Let me, therefore, appeal to residents to be cautious of relations, friends, business/social partners and visitors from such States and relate with them in conformity with the established protocols against the spread of this virus, including having them isolated for 14 days.”

“Bars, cinemas, viewing centres, restaurants and related businesses shall remain closed until further notice.

“We are closely monitoring compliance with the wearing of face masks in public places, including transport vehicles, and urge residents to strictly comply or risk arrest and prosecution.

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“A State Joint Task Force made up of security and civilian personnel has been set up to enforce the wearing of face masks in the State.

“We are appraising the prospect of opening our markets to public trading and would do so once we are satisfied that it is safe and proper with appropriate guidelines to enforce social distancing, hand washing, basic hygiene practices, and the wearing of face masks,” he said.

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