Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday threatened to impose another lockdown following the increasing number of covid-19 cases in the State.
Governor Wike, revealed that most persons go to churches and market places without observing social distancing and hygiene measures.
However, stress that the state government will be forced to impose another state-wide lockdown if people keep disobeying standing orders to stop the spread of the virus.
“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.”
The Governor, however, beg the Bishop of Diocese of Ikwerre to prevail on members of all the churches under his jurisdiction to always wear their face mask.
“If you don’t comply, I have no choice, but to shut down the churches; Pentecostal, Catholic, Anglican. I have no choice because when you have it, who spends the money? It is the state that treats.
“So, we need to use the money for some other things, but not for this. Let us discipline ourselves and know that COVID is real. Let nobody tell you that there is nothing like COVID. It’s real.”