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AEON Mall BSD City closes after employees contract COVID-19

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 6, 2020   /   04:23 pm
AEON Mall BSD City closes after employees contract COVID-19 Customers purchase items while separated from the cashier by a plastic partition at AEON Mall in Tangerang Banten on May 29, 2020. (Antara/Fauzan)

Shopping center AEON Mall BSD City in Tangerang, Banten, will be closed for the next seven days, until Aug. 12, after two of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Authorities will sterilize the facility and conduct rapid tests on 1,200 of the mall's employees and tenants.
"We will finish the rapid tests within three days," Tangerang regency secretary Moch. Maesal Rasyid said as quoted by kompas.id on Thursday.

The sterilization process, meanwhile, would take longer than three days, Maesal added.

The employees who tested positive apparently worked in the management room, but authorities have decided to disinfect all parts of the four-story building, inside and outside, including the parking area.

The mall will reopen after the sterilization process complete.

Tangerang COVID-19 task force spokesperson Hendra Tarmizi said the cases were revealed after one of the infected employees visited a local hospital after experiencing symptoms. 

"He was suffering from a cold and a headache. His swab test result showed he had contracted COVID-19," Hendra said. (vny)