Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has threatened to lock down the State following the surge in cases of coronavirus.
He gave the hint during the thanksgiving church service in celebration of the 90th birthday of Mrs Priscilla Nwanediye Mark, at the St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa in Ikwerre Local Government on Sunday.
The governor lamented as worrisome the refusal of most churches and markets in the state to enforce the compulsory wearing of face mask in adherence to Covid-19 protocol.
He said the state government had initially relaxed the restriction on the number of persons who worship in churches, but with the second wave of Covid-19, he will by this week announce new stringent measures to check the spread of Covid-19 cases in the state.
“When you go to some churches, they don’t wear mask. Go to market, they don’t wear mask. 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.”