Covid-19: Batu Maung wet market closed two weeks after case detected


GEORGE TOWN: The Batu Maung wet market here was closed at 2pm on Thursday (Oct 22) after a visitor tested positive for Covid-19.

Sungai Nipah Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) Chang Gim Hooi said the visitor, who works in a factory at Bayan Lepas, went to the market five days ago to buy groceries.

"When the visitor tested positive, the state health department ordered the market to be closed indefinitely," he said.

According to Chang, the market would be closed for two weeks and 18 traders from the market would have to undergo Covid-19 tests.

A team from the state health department was dispatched to conduct cleaning and sanitisation exercise at the wet market at about 4pm.

Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain, when contacted, confirmed the matter but asked everyone to wait for the Health Ministry's statement on the matter.

Meanwhile, five employees of Bank Simpanan Nasional from Sungai Dua branch will have to undergo screening for Covid-19 after they were identified as close contacts of a customer, who is a resident at Darul Hanan care centre in Pongsu Seribu.

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