– Governor Nyesom Wike has threatened another lockdown in January 2021
– The Rivers state governor said people are treating the COVID-19 infection with kid gloves
– Wike said all the churches will be shut down if people failed to adhere to the necessary COVID-19 protocols
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, has revealed that he will impose a fresh lockdown on the state amid scare of the deadly coronavirus’s second wave.
The governor, who spoke on Sunday, December 27, in Ikwerre local government area, said the lockdown will be imposed in January 2021.
Wike attributed the proposed imposition of lockdown on Rivers to the lackadaisical attitude of the state’s resident to the precautionary measures against the COVID-19 infection.
Rivers recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 838 new cases in 16 states.
This has brought the total number of infection in the southsouth state to 3,378 out of the overall record of 84,414.
Addressing the residents of the state, Wike, lamented as worrisome the refusal of most churches and markets to enforce the compulsory wearing of face mask in adherence to COVID-19 protocol.
“They believe COVID is not real. It’s not real because it has not happened to you; nobody had died whom you know. When somebody has died and the person was close to you, you will know that COVID is real.
“So, it is real and I want to appeal to all of you that we have to be more strict now because the second wave is more dangerous than the first wave. It’s very, very dangerous. I know how many people we have lost since the second wave started.
“If you don’t comply, I have no choice, but to shut down the churches; Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos government has warned the residents of the state to take responsibility by following the necessary safety and precautionary protocols against the deadly coronavirus disease which is now on its second wave in the country.
In a tweet by the state government on Friday, December 25, it was emphasised that schools and public gathering are still banned until further notice.
The state urged residents to stay “indoor and stay safe” if it is not compulsory to leave home.
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