Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday said a woman infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) had been prevented from boarding a Port Harcourt-bound flight in Abuja. Consequently, he announced that as from 6:00pm today, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa would not be open to air traffic.
In a broadcast yesterday in Port Harcourt, the governor said the measure was to avert the importation of the disease into the state.He said: “It is with gratitude to God that I announce to you that our state would have been infected with Coronavirus yesterday (Tuesday) but for the vigilance of security agents who, acting on a tip-off, prevented an infected person from boarding a flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt. The infected person beat all security measures that were put in place at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and was to sneak into Port Harcourt before security agents stopped her”
“Based on this alarming information, the State Security Council (SEC) met yesterday (Tuesday) and reviewed measures already put in place and decided that there was an urgent need to adopt stringent measures to protect those living and doing business in the state from the virus.”