THE high number of Covid-19 cases in Taman Hock Ann along Jalan Kelang Lama, Kuala Lumpur which is under enhanced movement control order until Aug 7, has led to the temporary closure of a market nearby.
Jalan Kelang Lama Market Hawkers Association chairman Koh Yoke Kuk said the closure of Pasar Batu 4 ½ was a precautionary measure due to the high number of cases at Taman Hock Ann, located about 500m away.
“Although the closure was due to external factors, a few Covid-19 positive cases were detected in the market too.
“There are also many foreign workers residing in the area,” she added.
On Sunday, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) issued a closure notice to the Jalan Kelang Lama market for sanitisation purposes.
“The market will be reopened on Aug 2 after sanitisation by Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
“It is better so we can curb the spread of Covid-19 and prevent hawkers and visitors from contracting the virus,” Koh said.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok had also posted on Facebook that the Jalan Kelang Lama market would be closed for a week for sanitisation as many residents from Kampung Thambipillay and Taman Hock Ann were working there.
A check on MySejahtera on Monday showed 258 Covid-19 cases within a 1km radius from the Jalan Kelang Lama morning market.
Jalan Kelang Lama Market Hawkers Association adviser Banie Chin said the market closure was timely to prevent the spread of the virus.
“Taman Hock Ann is nearby and the closure gives DBKL time to carry out sanitisation work.
“The residential area is badly affected with a high number of Covid-19 cases,” he added.
Besides the Jalan Kelang Lama market, Pasar Berbangunan Pudu and Pasar Raja Bot are also closed for a week for sanitisation.
Pasar Berbangunan Pudu is closed until July 29 while Pasar Raja Bot is closed until July 30.