The Jakarta Post
Vendors at Kebayoran Lama Market in South Jakarta have tested positive for COVID-19 following swab testing conducted by the Jakarta administration, prompting authorities to close the market to prevent the disease’s transmission.
Fifty-nine sellers underwent testing.
“Fourteen people tested positive for COVID-19,” Kebayoran Lama deputy district head Sidik Rayanta said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.
The test results prompted authorities to close the market for three days starting Thursday. Health workers will also spray disinfectant across the market during the closure.
Meanwhile, a vendor at Gondangdia Market in Menteng, Central Jakarta also tested positive after testing was conducted at the market. The market has also been temporarily closed.
According to data from the Indonesian Traditional Market Traders Association (IKAPPI) on Tuesday, 79 sellers in 11 markets across the capital have tested positive for COVID-19.
Responding to the finding, the Jakarta administration has imposed strict health protocols to prevent the emergence of new clusters as the country starts to ease restrictions.
The protocols require buyers and sellers to wear face masks. Entry to markets is also limited, while authorities provide several hand-washing facilities.
City-owned market operator Pasar Jaya has also imposed an odd-even kiosk number policy, allowing only odd-numbered kiosks to open on odd dates and even-numbered kiosks to open on even dates. (dpk)