THE recent announcement by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah of the emergence of a new Covid-19 cluster at a restaurant in Brickfields has got people worried about not only dining there but also going to the area.
Nor Hisham said the cluster was identified following random sampling where two Indian nationals tested positive for the disease.
It was reported that 250 people have been tested, including 14 workers.
While the eatery has disclosed the information on its social media, many want Health Ministry to announce the names of places where people had tested positive to prevent unnecessary panic affecting other businesses.
“Personally, I think names of these places should be announced, so that those who may have visited the eatery, but did not leave their details for some reason, can be traced, ” said Brickfields resident V. G. Nehrman.
“Otherwise, people will make wrong assumptions and avoid going to Brickfields entirely as they are not sure which restaurant is affected, ” he said.
Little India Action Council chairman S. Pathavachalam concurred with Nehrman.
“People are avoiding Brickfields altogether due to fear. It is best to announce the name of the eatery, ” added Pathavachalam.
Bangsar resident Raja Durai, who frequently eats in Brickfields, said Health Ministry should publish the list of places where Covid-19 was detected.
“They cannot be vague about such information as it is a matter of public health, ” he added.
Sri Paandi Restaurant owner Alagarsamy Kumar said by withholding the information, businesses in the area have been affected.
“My phone has not stopped ringing since Sunday as people want to know which restaurant was affected.
“Many of my customers are avoiding Brickfields totally, ” he said, adding that his business had experienced an 80% drop.
Brickfields Rukun Tetangga chairman SKK Naidu agreed that the ministry should state areas in the city where Covid-19 clusters have been detected.
On Sunday, Health Ministry announced three new Covid-19 clusters.
Apart from the Kuala Lumpur restaurant cluster, two other clusters were in Sepang (Selangor) and Kuching (Sarawak).