Covid-19: Miri police intensifies movement control order

File photo depicting a roadblock in Sarawak during the Conditional Movement Control Order.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, March 20: The Police has intensified its operations, setting up road blocks across the city, to minimise public movement during the country’s Movement Control Order (MCO) amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said eight teams comprising personnel from the Civil Defence force (APM), People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and the police will be carrying out operations dubbed “Ops Covid-19” during the MCO period.

“We would deploy our men in various locations within this district including Batu Niah and Bekenu,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Lim added that during the day time, patrol cars will go around the city centre advising and ordering public not to loiter outside.

During the MCO, the public have been told to stay at home until March 31 as part of the government effort to contain the spread of the virus.

Staff of a pharmacy at Jalan Raja advising the public to stay at home during the MCO period.

On Thursday night, a roadblock was conducted along the Miri-Pujut road to ensure that the public are not going out unnecessarily. The roadblock started at 8.30pm and ended around three hours later.

Most of the public who were stopped during the roadblock told the police that they were going out to purchase necessary items such as food. — DayakDaily