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Another two Penang markets shut down due to Covid-19

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 14/9/2021 Audrey Dermawan
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GEORGE TOWN: Two markets here, the Lebuh Cecil and the Chowrasta markets, have been closed after Covid-19 cases were reported among traders and workers there.

According to the Penang Island City Council, the closure of the Lebuh Cecil market involved 182 stalls in the wet market section.

As for the Chowrasta market, the closure involved 157 stalls in the market proper, 56 stalls in the food complex, as well as the 62 temporary hawkers outside the premises.

"There are eight positive Covid-19 cases at the Lebuh Cecil market and 14 positive Covid-19 cases at the Chowrasta market.

"The closures, with immediate effect, until indefinitely, are to facilitate disinfection and sanitisation works," it said today.

According to the council, Covid-19 risk assessments will be jointly carried out by it and the state Health Department at both locations.

"This is necessary to prevent the spread of the covid-19," it added.

The latest closures came less than a week after the Farlim market and food complex in Bandar Baru Air Itam were instructed to close after 18 people were found to have contracted the virus.

Several markets statewide have been ordered to close following positive Covid-19 cases involving traders and workers.

Among them were the Padang Tembak market, the Seberang Jaya Market, the Mak Mandin market, Pulau Mutiara wholesale market, Chai Leng Park market, Jalan Perak market and Bukit Mertajam market.

Penang has been reporting consistent four-digit daily Covid-19 positive cases in recent weeks.

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