KLANG: Almost all wholesalers of Pasar Besar Meru, the biggest wet and dry market here, have suspended operations and are self-isolating after several traders tested positive for Covid-19.
Klang Meru Market Traders Association president Ng Soo Keong said the move involved 95% or 114 of the 120 traders at the wholesale section housed in Block C of the market complex.
“From our initial understanding, a fishmonger who had the flu last week had gone for a check-up and was found to be Covid-19-positive.
“When the other traders learnt about this, some of them also got tested and were found to be positive, ” he said.
According to Klang Municipal Councillor Ngian Yoke Mooi, traders at the wholesale section of the
market were worried after they came to know about the cases there.
“I understand that some took the test but only a few tested positive.
“But when the other traders heard about this, they got worried and decided to stop trading from Wednesday, ” she said.
When The Star visited the complex at 9.30am yesterday, the place was devoid of its usual crowd of shoppers, restaurateurs and small-time traders who buy their daily provisions there.
Ngian said the council would send a team to disinfect the market today.
It is learnt that the Klang district health department is carrying out an investigation before deciding whether to test all the traders outside the complex, totalling about 3,000 people including foreign workers, for Covid-19.
The source of the infection has not been determined.
The department and the Klang Municipal Council will meet the market management this weekend to discuss the next course of action.
During the conditional movement control order period, the operation hours of Pasar Besar Meru, located along the main thoroughfare of Jalan Meru here, are from 6am to noon for the daily market in Block B, while the wholesale section is open from 4am to 10am.