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Rivers records first case of COVID-19

…Govt vows to take ownership of erring nightclubs, cinemas

Rivers State has recorded its first case of the pandemic coronavirus.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced this on its twitter handle on Wednesday night.

It also said Nigeria’s numbers have risen to 50.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the Rivers State government says it will take over ownership of nightclubs and cinemas who flout its directives to stop operation as part of measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Nyesom Wike, the state governor said the state was working to save lives through its tough measures.

Wike spoke on Wednesday when he inaugurated a task force to enforce the ban on public and religious gatherings at the Government House in Port Harcourt. The governor chairs the committee.

The governor directed security agencies to begin enforcement of the decisions taken by the government to keep the state safe.

He said: “This is to ensure there is compliance to all decisions taken by the government. I urge the security agencies to be firm in the implementation of our decision to close our borders.

“Any cinema or nightclub that opens will be acquired by the government. We have banned people from coming to the Government House, except on invite.”

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