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Burial: COVID 19 protocol violators to pay N100m fine – Rivers govt

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The Rivers state Government has placed N 100 m fine for violators of COVID – 19 burials protocols in the state .
According to the state Commissioner for Health , Prof. Princewill Chike, on Saturday , the monetary sanction followed the state’ s executive council decision .
Chike added that Local Government Council Chairmen across the state had been directed to ensure that burial protocols were strictly adhered to in their respective domains.
He said , “ Public burials in the state remain as outlined by the gazette of the state stipulating that no more than 50 persons should be allowed in burials in Rivers State .
“ We also agreed that Local Government Chairmen should also assist the burial committees to ensure that this planned directive of the Rivers State Executive Council is carried to the letter . Every defaulter to these regulations would be made to pay a fine of N 100 m .”
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had earlier in June 2020 issued an executive order prescribing a N 10 m fine for anyone conducting a burial contrary to the provisions of the order.A move intended to check the spread of the coronavirus in the state .
The gazetted order , RVSG – 122020 stipulates that any person intending to hold a public burial in the state or take any corpse outside the state for burial must apply to the Governor for approval through the state Commissioner for Health.
The order , which took effect from June 5 2020 , also stipulates that any application for burial of any person that died from February 1 , 2020 must be accompanied by a death certificate showing whether or not the death was related to COVID – 19 .

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