Rivers State has recorded its first case of coronavirus.The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this known on Wednesday. The NCDC also confirmed that cases of coronavirus in the country have hit 52.
The NCDC, on its website, said, “On the 25th of March, 2020, six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria.
“Till date, 52 cases have been confirmed, two cases have been discharged and one death from COVID-19 recorded in Nigeria
“Of the new six cases reported on March 25, three are in Lagos State, one is in Osun State, one in Rivers State, and one is in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. All new cases have mild to moderate symptoms and are currently receiving care.”
Earlier, the Rivers State Government announced the closure of air, sea and land borders into the state with effect from Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Governor Nyesom Wike, who made this announcement in a state broadcast on Wednesday, said the move was to further check the spread of coronavirus to the state.
Wike threatened that passengers would not be allowed into the state after landing at the Port Harcourt airport.
He said, “The State Security Council has taken the following painful decisions: With effect from 6pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, will not be open to air traffic.
“While we may not have the right to stop flights from entering Port Harcourt, we cannot allow anybody coming from the airport to enter our state. We are confident that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and other federal agencies will cooperate with us. All land and sea borders will be closed.
“Vehicular movements in an out of the state have been banned. In essence, no vehicle will leave Rivers State for any other state and no vehicle will be allowed to enter the state. New measures will be put in place until further notice.”