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COVID-19: Diri pardons, unseals erring churches in Bayelsa



GOVERNOR Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State  has ordered the state COVID-19 taskforce team to reopen worship centres in the state that were sealed for violating measures imposed by the state government to prevent coronavirus spread in the state.

  The governor gave the directive yesterday at an enlarged meeting with religious leaders in the state at the government house in Yenagoa.

  The acting Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, in a statement on behalf of the governor said the governor is very much concerned about safety of citizens in the state and would not compromise in ensuring that the spread of the deadly disease is contained by all means.

  According to the statement, the governor is worried given that the daily update from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) shows the state recording 54 new cases on Tuesday and 25 on Wednesday.

He called on all hands to be on deck to curtail the spread of the virus in the state, while advising violators to retrace their steps as his administration derived no pleasure in shutting down churches and other places of worship.

  This came days after the Bayelsa State government said on Wednesday the state had recorded 54 new cases of COVID-19.

  The Deputy Chairman of the state’s Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Inodu Akpoku, while emphasising the governors strong aversion for any activities in the state that may compromise  achieved success described the latest figure as the highest confirmed cases recorded by the state in a single day and unacceptable to be allowed in that trend.

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