Screening for market-goers


Swab test carried out on traders in Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya.

THOSE who bought fish from the Petaling Jaya Old Town market in Jalan Othman from April 5 to 18 are advised to fill up the Covid-19 screening form after a fishmonger operating there tested positive for the virus.

Similarly, those who bought vegetables from the Taman Megah market in Petaling Jaya between April 8 and 25 are encouraged to fill up the Covid-19 screening form as a vegetable trader there tested positive for the virus.

Both wet markets are closed temporarily for sanitisation by the authorities.

Petaling District Officer Johary Anuar, who made the announcement, said screening process was when health clinics would screen those who are at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

After the screening, some will be called in for Covid-19 testing later.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran advised those who visited the two markets at the said times to fill up the online forms created by the Taman Medan and Kelana Jaya health clinics first before going to the clinics.

Those who visited the Jalan Othman market should fill up the online form at https://bit.ly/2y35hll while Taman Megah market-goers can go to https://bit.ly/2Y87fvC.

“Many residents have been anxious since the closure of the markets. All the traders and their helpers are being tested.

“However, visitors to the markets should fill up the screening forms to be called for testing.

“We do not want thousands of people crowding the clinics, ” he said.

Yesterday at the Taman Megah market, the operators and their assistants were swabbed for Covid-19 testing.

Fishmonger See Soon Chye said the procedure took about 15 minutes, adding that he was not sure when the market would reopen.

However, he welcomed the closure of the market and the medical tests on traders.

John Tan, 35, a Taman SEA resident, said he went to the Taman Megah market twice a week and was worried if he could have been infected.

“I got myself tested at a private hospital and it was negative. I am single and I stay with my aged parents. I am worried for them, ” said Tan.

Tan requested to be tested at the market but was told to go to Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya for screening.

At the Jalan Othman market, traders were seen cleaning up the premises. Some were jet spraying the floors while others wiped the lights.

The traders and their helpers will be tested today.

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