"In comparison with a week before the PSBB, the number of motor vehicles moving on Jakarta’s main streets fell by 18-21 percent in the first week of PSBB," Traffic Director of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Senior Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo Yogo stated here on Tuesday.
Most motorists work in offices including those on the Sudirman and MH Thamrin streets, he remarked.
A total of 89,446 vehicles plied on the Sudirman and MH Thamrin streets on Monday (Sept 7), Chief of the Law Enforcement Sub-directorate of the Traffic Directorate of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Adjunct Senior Commissioner Fahri Siregar remarked.
The figure plunged 21.1 percent to 70,509 on Monday (Sept 14) when the strict PSBB measure came into effect, he noted.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended PSBB that ended on Sept 27 by another two weeks till October 11.
The step was taken since the number of new COVID-19 cases would increase if the PSBB were to be relaxed, the governor noted in a press statement released on Sept 11.
The decision was taken based on the rising mortality rate, limited self-isolation facilities, and intensive care units for COVID-19 patients and the high number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the capital.
The results of monitoring and evaluation by the Jakarta Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling indicated that the PSBB would be extended by another two weeks if the number of COVID-19 cases failed to reduce notably.
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