KUCHING, Jan 28: The implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sibu and the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in other districts throughout the states has shown a decrease in the numbers of vehicles movement which help to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Minister of Transports Sarawak Datuk Lee Kim Shin in a press statement today said based on data obtained from the Smart City Traffic Light Control Centre, the traffic volume has decreased from before to during the imposition of MCO in Sibu starting on Jan 16, 2021, and CMCO starting on Jan 18, 2021 in other divisions namely in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.
“This finding was also presented to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) during the SDMC meeting recently. This could also be the result from the roadblocks and surprise checks organised by the police together with other enforcement agencies to regulate and control the movement of people between Divisions during this Covid-19 challenging period,” he said.
Lee noted, the data were gathered through a total of 77 Smart Traffic Lights (STL) throughout the state, which are linked directly to Smart City Traffic Light Control Center in Kuching.
He said the statistics for the average traffic volume during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), before the imposition of CMCO and MCO, were all taken from the daily traffic volume of the same day in three previous weeks.
“As an example, traffic data on Jan 17, 2021 (Sunday) was taken by averaging out traffic volumes from all the Sundays namely on Dec 27, 2020, Jan 3, 2021, and Jan10, 2021, to compare against the figure during CMCO and MCO,” he added. – DayakDaily.