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Bandung to close three markets after sellers tested positive for COVID-19

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 9, 2020   /   06:31 pm
Bandung to close three markets after sellers tested positive for COVID-19 Merchants selling traditional snacks wait for customers in Nagreg, Bandung regency, on May 27. (Antara/Novrian Arbi)

The Bandung administration in West Java will temporarily close three traditional markets in the city after several sellers were found to have contracted COVID-19.

The three markets are Leuwipanjang, Sadang Serang and Haur Pancuh, said Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial.

At least four sellers in these markets tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests provided by the city administration.

The mayor subsequently ordered the markets to close for two weeks.

"The process [closure] is still ongoing," he said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.

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City officials are currently informing merchants of each market about the plan.

Oded announced on Monday that new clusters of COVID-19 transmission had emerged across Bandung with the discovery of 10 new infections in the past few days. 

They are the "market cluster, medical personnel cluster and online motorcycle taxi cluster".

However, the mayor claimed that all of the infected individuals had been isolated to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

According to the city administration’s official website for COVID-19 information, covid19.bandung.go.id, Bandung has recorded 344 positive COVID-19 cases as of Monday, with 40 fatalities. (vny)