. NCDC shuts affected bank, begins testing of officials
Panic has gripped residents of Onne in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State following the death of the Manager of Access Bank in the area from health complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
Our correspondent gathered that the death of the manager (names withheld) forced the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control to seal off the bank’s premises and commence testing of all employees for COVID-19.
Sources said the testing conducted by NCDC showed that most of the employees, including the gateman, tested positive for COVID-19.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said the employees, who tested positive, were immediately moved to the isolation centre for observation and treatment.
Governor Nyesom Wike earlier raised the alarm over the lackadaisical attitude of banks and supermarkets regarding the observation of coronavirus preventive rules.
He said operators of banks and supermarkets were allowing customers into their premises without mandating them to observe the safety rules.
He particularly lamented that customers were going into such premises without wearing their face masks, and threatened to seal them off.
Rivers has been recording high cases of the virus as the NCDC, on Tuesday, confirmed the highest infection rate of 103 positive cases.