Four new Covid-19 cases detected at PJ Old Town market


The Old Town market in Petaling Jaya. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Four people from Pasar Jalan Othman here have tested positive for Covid-19. The results were based on the test carried out at the market on Wednesday (April 29) for the selected 151 traders, council workers and cleaners here.

Based on the result, the Petaling District Office has decided to carry out screening and tests for all traders and their assistants at the market also known as PJ Old Town market.

"We now invite all the 1,500 traders in the market to come to Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya for their screening and testing starting Friday (May 1).

"We have sent them a notice," said Petaling district disaster management committee chairman Johary Anuar.

The four who tested positive are a food trader, two fishmongers and a Petaling Jaya City Council cleaner.

Johary said public who visited the market between April 4 to 18 are also welcomed to do screening by filling up the online form at https://bit.ly/2y35hll.

The market will be closed until further notice.

On Wednesday, the Covid-19 testing was only conducted for traders from the seafood and food stall section.

This caused an outcry of dissatisfaction by other traders at the market who insisted that they too should be tested.

Vegetable seller R.Sathiya, 35, said he would take the opportunity to get himself tested at the health clinic.

"All of us should have been tested the same time. My dad and I are vegetable sellers hence we were not allowed to be tested on Wednesday.

"My dad tested in the private hospital much earlier. However we may take this opportunity to get tested at the government clinic," said Sathya.

Meanwhile, pork seller Lee H.K, 52, said he was unaware of the invitation for the screening and testing.

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