Varsities for U.S. group partners to avoid another pandemic in Rivers
To avoid the spread of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,
the Cross River State Government has ordered the immediate closure of night clubs until further notice.
The Directive was issued yesterday in a statement in Calabar by
its COVID-19 Response Team, led by Health Commissioner Dr Betta Edu.
There were indications prior to the Directive that most Calabar residents no longer adhered to the safety protocols of COVID-19,
even though the state government cancelled the annual Calabar Carnival this year as one of the steps to prevent its spread.
The community urged private and public agencies to operate from home and admonished people
to still use their face masks at all times or face fines in public places.
“It is no longer news that the second wave of COVID-19 is already raging in Nigeria with increase number of persons being infected with the virus, especially during the festive period as people traveling from one point to the other.
“The Cross River State COVID-19 Response Team seeks immediate action by members of the public to prevent further spread of the virus in our state. All night clubs must immediately close until further notice.
“Use of hand sanitisers and regular washing of hands to avoid infection is strongly recommended for individuals, while public and private establishments are required to provide these in their premises,” the statement reads.
The declaration added that 10:00 p.m. to
6:00 a.m. curfew previously imposed by the state government was still in effect as, among other
items, the ‘No Mask, No Movement’ order had to be implemented in all public places.
In order to avoid another wave of coronavirus pandemics at universities in the country, the Rivers State Branch of the
United States Government Exchange Alumni Association of Nigeria (USGEAAN) has started distributing COVID-19 materials to all of the state’s higher institutions.
Prof. Julie Umukoro, President of the Association, clarified that the change was to ensure that sufficient safety preparations were in place to accept students
who had been out of school for several months due to the return of the COVID-19 pandemic without impacting each other with the virus.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN