Rivers State has recorded its first case of coronavirus, announced the Nigeria Centre for Disease on Wednesday.
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, 50 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.
The Rivers state government has announced that it will imposed restrictions on its land, air and sea orders effective Thursday from 6pm.
“You can fly into the Port Harcourt international airport but you will not be allowed into Rivers state by land” The state governor, Nyesom Wike said in a broadcast.
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.”