Market steps up SOPs after trader detected with severe acute respiratory infection

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 08 Sep 2020

LIFE goes on as usual at the Campbell Street market in Penang, as traders and market-goers carry out their daily activities despite claims that one of the traders had come down with Covid-19.

A vegetable seller, who wanted to be known only as Ah Lim, 72, said the Health Department visited the market yesterday to check on the situation and ensure that all of the SOPs are in place.

“This market is still open, and we are doing business as usual while strictly following necessary SOPs.

“Thankfully, the news of the Covid-19 case has not affected us, ” he said at the market yesterday.

On Sunday, a new Covid-19 case was recorded in Penang when a 89-year-old man was detected with severe acute respiratory infection (Sari) at Lam Wah Ee Hospital after being admitted initially for acute gastroenteritis. He is now warded at Penang Hospital.

Vegetable vendor Yeoh Keow Hooi, 73, who knew the 89-year-old man and his wife, said folk at the market were not too concerned about the situation.

“The man used to fetch his wife to the market to operate their fried beehoon stall.

“But ever since he fell sick about a week ago, his wife has not opened her stall, and it does not look like she will be returning to work anytime soon.

“Anyway, we are taking extra safety precautions here as well,” he said.

Chicken meat seller, who wanted to be known only as Sim, 60, said as long as everyone adhered to the SOPs and wore masks, everything should be okay.

“The market here is usually not crowded even on a weekend compared with other places, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow urged the public to wait for the Health Ministry’s announcement to get accurate information on Covid-19 cases.

“The ministry and relevant government departments will ensure contact tracing and isolation are carried out immediately so that the chain can be stopped.

“We must trust the Health Department to take all necessary actions according to the protocol.

“If this protocol is strictly adhered to, we can contain the spread of Covid-19 and stop this from becoming a new cluster.”

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