SIXTY percent of the Covid-19 test results of the 72 stall operators who were tested at the Taman Free School market in Penang have come back.
State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said while he could not share the results as it was up to the state Health Department to release the information, he was hopeful that they would be able to obtain all the results in the next two days.
“So far, we have 60% of the test results, and we will get the remainder in the next day or two.
“Reopening the market as soon as possible is our main goal. It is important to reopen the market for them to make their daily income.
“Although the notice states that the market will be closed for two weeks, it usually reopens earlier if the green light is given.
“We will find out in the next two days, ” he said.
When asked about giving aid to the stall operators who were affected by the closure, Jagdeep, who is also Datuk Keramat assemblyman, said he had given aid but expressed the need for the Federal Government to step up and offer help.
“I have expressed this before.
If the closure is by the Health Ministry, then the Federal Government should come in and help those affected.
“It is a national-level issue, ” he said.
Part of the market was cordoned off at 4pm on Friday by state health officers and all the traders were advised to do swab tests at the Jalan Perak health clinic within two days.
“In this market, there are 136 stalls.
“Of that, only 68 stalls are sealed off and 72 of the traders have to undergo screening, ” Jagdeep reportedly said.
He had said if the test results were negative, the traders could appeal for their section of the market to be reopened before the end of the two-week closure period.
According to the notice, the order to close is until Nov 27.
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