Market closed for full cleansing

Jagdeep watching a trader getting vaccinated inside a modified bus serving as a mobile vaccination centre.

THE Bayan Baru Market in Penang has been temporarily closed following 11 positive Covid-19 cases involving traders, their assistants and the market’s public health assistant.

The closure involved 159 stalls within the market area but food hawkers at an adjacent complex were not affected.

The statement by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) said that the reopening date would be announced later.

It said sanitisation, disinfection and cleaning would be conducted at the market by the Fire and Rescue Department.

Bayan Baru Market is in Mukim 12 of the island’s southwest district, which has been a red zone since last year with dozens of clusters arising from factories and workers’ hostels.

Meanwhile, the first day of the Community Vaccine Mobilisation (Movak) programme for hawkers and petty traders saw 2,569 individuals from five districts in Penang being inoculated.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said this was out of the total 10,052 registered and identified hawkers and petty traders in the state.

“We had a supply of 2,752 doses on Monday and 2,610 people showed up for the programme.

MBPP enforcers encircling Bayan Baru Market with barrier tape after the place was declared closed following the detection of 11 Covid-19 cases among traders.MBPP enforcers encircling Bayan Baru Market with barrier tape after the place was declared closed following the detection of 11 Covid-19 cases among traders.

“We urge more hawkers to register with the local councils and come to the programme location for their jabs against Covid-19.

“We hope that with this programme, we are able to increase vaccination rates in the state.

“We want to give confidence to the hawkers and traders to continue their daily economic activities.”

The four-day vaccination programme will be carried out until tomorrow from 8.30am to 3pm.

A total of 10 modified buses will be used.

The vehicles will be stationed at each of the five districts for the vaccine administration.

Jagdeep said the vaccination locations throughout the districts included City Stadium in George Town, Dewan Perda in Teluk Kumbar, Dewan Datuk Haji Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth, State Stadium in Batu Kawan and MBSP Sports Complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam.

Jagdeep added that as of Aug 29, a total of 746,992 people, that is 42.1% of the population in the state, had received both vaccine doses.

“Out of the registered 1.31 million people in the state, a total of 1.1 million people have received at least the first dose and this accounts for 63.8% of the population.”

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