Following the spike in COVID-19 cases in Bayelsa State and the lifting of the ban on inter-state travel, Governor Douye Diri has directed intensified screening of persons entering into the state.
Diri also restated the directive on compulsory wearing of facemask in all public places, including markets, banks, motor parks, churches and mosques.
Diri, according to a statement by the acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, spoke during the enlarged meeting and briefing of the state COVID-19 Task Force at the Government House, Yenagoa.
The governor the spike in COVID-19 -related deaths had necessitated the deploying of stringent measures to secure the lives of its citizens from the pandemic.
Diri promised to provide the necessary support and encouragement to health personnel in the state.
He said, “Yenagoa has been declared as COVID-19 high risk area. But the state government will not fold its arms and allow our state capital to be locked down because of coronavirus. So everybody must take responsibility and come to terms that the virus does exist.”