"We have closed all border gates and barred entry to the West Kalimantan territory," Manto, head of the West Kalimantan transportation office, stated when contacted here on Wednesday, March 18. 2020.
The official said that residents of West Kalimantan are not allowed to cross the border into Sarawak.
"Based on reports from our officers on the field, at the Entikong cross-border post (PLBN), there is no vehicular movement at the gate," Manto revealed.
The province has three cross-border gates with Sarawak: PLBN in Entikong, Badau, and Aruk.
Neighboring Malaysia had recently reported its second COVID-19 death, with cases totaling 673. It has imposed a nationwide movement control order, effective since Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until the end of the month. The order encompasses a comprehensive restriction on movements and public gatherings, including a ban on all religious, sports, social, and cultural activities.
The West Kalimantan administration had earlier suspended bus transportation on the Pontianak-Kuching (Malaysia) and Pontianak-Brunei Darussalam routes to curtail further spread of the virus.
"The suspension of bus transportation serving routes to the neighboring countries is a follow up of West Kalimantan governor's order pertaining to precautionary measures against COVID-19," Manto noted.
The authority awaits further instructions from the Transportation Ministry before reopening the transportation route.
"We hope this will end soon, and all activities can run normally," he stated. (Antara)