The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Monday threatened to reimpose lockdown in the state if residents fail to obey the measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
Wike stated this during a broadcast in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He said the increase in the transmission and the death rates released by the National Centre for Disease Control show residents are not complying with the measures.
The Rivers State Governor, however, stated that his administration desires to keep the state open for daily activities.
He noted that the state government might be forced to impose ed lockdown if the residents fail to comply.
Wike said, “We may be constrained to re-impose the suspended COVID-19 lockdown measures across the state if the transmission of the disease continues to increase beyond tolerable limits.”
He added that there might be a health crisis if residents act as if the virus no longer exists.
“Accordingly, I wish to remind residents of the subsisting protocols on regular washing of hands and use of alcohol-based sanitiser; maintaining social distancing; wearing of face masks at all public places.”
He included transport vehicles and “going for immediate testing and treatment whenever you notice any of the symptoms.”
Wike called on residents of the state to take the vaccine at the designated health centres in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
He noted that it has been discovered that vaccinations are saving lives across the world.
“Those refusing to take the vaccines for no certified medical reasons should know that they are endangering the rest of the citizens.”
“I also appeal to religious leaders and churches to convince and encourage their followers to please go out and take the vaccines and comply with the covid-19 protocols,” he appealed.