S'wak police happy with high level of compliance to continued MCO

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  • Monday, 04 May 2020

Still quiet in central Miri city today due to continued MCO. - Stephen pic

MIRI: Sarawakians in general are complying with the state decision not to let up on the movement control order (MCO).

State Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar told The Star that Sarawak's decision was well received by locals and the level of compliance was very high.

"There was no surge in people coming out," he said.

He added the business and industrial community also understood there would be no easing of the MCO in Sarawak, for now.

DCP Dev Kumar said police would continue its enforcement and monitoring.

"Our roadblocks are still as stringent as ever," he said.

Sarawak is among the states which had opted not to follow the Federal Government's decision to ease up on the MCO.

Miri MP Dr Michael Teo noted Sarawak's Covid-19 deaths and infections were still high.

"It needed to be brought down substantially before the MCO can be relaxed across the board in this vast state," said Dr Teo, who is Sarawak PKR Community Health Bureau chief.

He added the MCO should only be eased gradually in green zones like in Kapit and where there are no new infections.

"In red zones like Kuching and Samarahan, the MCO should not be eased as yet, until the death and infection rates are reduced substantially.

"In yellow zones like Miri and Bintulu, the MCO should be eventually relaxed just a little to enable the economy to recharge first before proceeding further.

"Sarawak still had a high Covid-19 death rate of 3.4% compared to the national figure of 1.7%

"Sarawak still have 507 positive cases as of now, and that is a high figure.

"The 17 deaths in Sarawak so far shows that Covid-19 is still a big threat to Sarawakians," he said.

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