The Rivers State Government announced that air, sea and land routes into the state will be closed to traffic, beginning from 6am, Thursday, March 26, 2020. This is a move to check the spread of coronavirus to Rivers State, according to the government. In a broadcast, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said that the measure became necessary in view of recent developments. Coronavirus in Nigeria
The COVID-19 has killed over 15,000 people globally, the majority of them in Europe and China. In Nigeria, there are 46 cases of COVID-19, including one death. The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, are among Nigeria’s 46 confirmed cases.
Some states have already placed restrictions on public gatherings, including in churches and mosques. Lagos, Nigeria’s most affected state with COVID-19, has also said it would shut markets from Thursday except for essential products. The federal government has asked civil servants from level 1-12 to work from home.