Second outbreak of Covid-19 at market in Bukit Mertajam

One of the council workers sanitising the Bukit Mertajam Market. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

SOME 700 traders and workers at the Bukit Mertajam Market have been instructed to undergo swab tests after several traders tested positive for Covid-19.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said MBSP issued the notices to 404 traders and some 300 of their workers at the market.

“All of them must go for a swab test. We will ask for the result before they can resume their operation when the market reopens,” he said.

Rozali said those declared negative would be able to resume their business when the market opens.

“Those found positive must go for quarantine until their health status is assessed by the state Health Department before being allowed to resume their activities.”

The Bukit Mertajam Market was ordered to close after five Covid-19 cases were detected among the traders and workers.

The closure is for seven days from yesterday Aug 5 to Aug 11, pending their Covid-19 screening.

A check by The Star yesterday morning found a handful of traders still conducting their business outside the market compound along Jalan Pasar where the market is located.

A team of MBSP personnel was also there to conduct a sanitisation exercise at the interior of the market and its surroundings.

Rozali said the sanitisation exercise would be conducted again before the market reopens on Aug 11.

He urged the public and traders to be mindful and always vigilant in following the standard operating procedures to curb infections.

This is the second time in three months that the market is closed due to Covid-19.

On May 31, the wet market complex was ordered to close for 10 days after Covid-19 cases were detected.

All traders in close contact were ordered to undergo screening then and 31 were found to be positive out of 253 traders screened.

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