SIBU: Traders at the central market here are now being randomly selected to undergo Covid-19 tests.
The exercise began on July 17 and tests are conducted every Friday.
It is jointly conducted by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) and the health department.
The polymerise chain reaction (PCR) tests are to detect the presence of an antigen.
There are more than 1,200 hawkers at the central market.
So far, 96 hawkers have been tested.
SMC chairman Clarence Ting said the exercise was to ensure hawkers at the market were not infected.
“It is a public place and we want to ensure that it is safe for people to come here.
“The council is taking safety measures and the public must cooperate in this fight against the pandemic.
“Adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) in place and do your part to stay safe, ” said Ting.
Ting said all must take the situation seriously.
“I urge Sibu residents to be careful. We do not want a second wave to occur here.
“Avoid crowded places and wear masks in public places.
“Use hand sanitiser and wash hands often, ” advised Ting.
He said some had become complacent and this was cause for concern.
“I have seen many going around without face masks. This is not safe as it is a first line of defence against the spread of the virus, ” he said.