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COVID-19: Wike cancels proposed lockdown on Port Harcourt

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has canceled the proposed lockdown set to resume Wednesday on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas of the state.

In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, Wike said no part of the state will be under any lockdown anymore except where it becomes necessary again.

He also urged residents in the state to comply with the federal government earlier imposed 8pm-6am curfew from 2 June till further notice.

He said, “After a comprehensive review of measures taken and considerations by well-meaning members of the public, the State Security Council has cancelled the proposed lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt LGAs. In essence, no part of Rivers is or will be under any lockdown from this moment and this will be so, except where it becomes necessary again.

“Regular washing of hands, religious wearing of face masks, keeping an effective physical and social distance of between 1.5 to 2 meters from other people, completely avoiding touching of faces with unwashed hands, and cleaning of surfaces we regularly touch have been identified as some of the most effective measures against contracting this virus in the absence of a vaccine.

“All land borders, including all exit and entry routes into Rivers State shall remain closed to human and vehicular traffic, except those on essential services and duly exempted. All residents must wear face masks or covering into any public space, including our roads, banks, shopping malls, shops, hotels, and in any lawful social gathering.”

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