KUALA LUMPUR: Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur confirmed more than 100 positive cases of Covid-19 at its premises in Selaiang.
Kuala Lumpur Vegetable Wholesalers Association President Wong Keng Fatt said 118 workers were infected, including 31 from the vegetable department and 87 from the fish department.
“We hired a private lab to do Covid-19 tests on workers, and the results were shared with three retailers’ associations.
“The results of the workers from the fruit section are expected to be announced on Thursday,” he said.
On January 17, the fish section was closed due to remediation and would resume work on Friday.
Mass testing was conducted over the weekend when more than 15 cases were discovered among fish sellers.
A meeting of the traders’ association, the Ministry of Health, the National Security Council and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be held today, at which it will be decided whether the wholesale market should be closed.
“The vegetable compartment is expected to be closed for a few days for disinfection, but complete closure is unlikely.
“We told the members of our association that the vegetable department will be closed on Thursday while the remaining test results are awaited.
“We hope that the authorities will give them at least two days to manage their stocks if there is an order to close them for remediation,” he said.
Previously, they had difficulties with the sale of existing stocks and the suspension of imports, because the notice of closure was issued rather abruptly.
The president of the Kuala Lumpur Hoi Seong Singh Fish Wholesalers Association, Kian Hock, could not be reached for comment.