Covid-19: 150 KL wholesale market workers to be screened after two test positive

A file picture of Bomba personnel disinfecting the KL wholesale market on April 3, 2020. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 150 workers from the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market in Batu Caves will have to undergo Covid-19 screening on Sunday (April 5) and self-quarantine themselves for 14 days after two workers recently tested positive for the disease.

"The workers who went for screening are from 30 different stalls. They have to stop operating until April 18," said Kuala Lumpur Vegetable Wholesalers Association president Wong Keng Fatt, adding that the results will be known in three to five days.

Wong, however, said it was unlikely the market would be closed.

“We will work with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Health Ministry (KKM) on the matter, ” he said.

On Saturday (April 4), Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said there were a total of eight positive cases at the market and KKM would erect a disinfection station for workers there.

Wong added that traders were only working three days per week since the movement control order was put in place instead of every day before.

"Only about 60% of us are working now and we control the amount of wholesale vegetables to ensure there is no oversupply.

"The market will be closed for disinfection on Sunday," he said.

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