SMC staff infected, leading to closure of Central Market, mandatory tests for all hawkers

Sibu Central Market is currently under Covid-19 red zone. (file photo)

SIBU, Feb 2:  Sibu Central Market and part of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) office is closed following one of Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) Public Health and Services staff attached to the market being confirmed Covid-19 positive.

In a press statement dated yesterday, SMC chairman Clarence Ting said in compliance with SOP (standard operating procedure) issued by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, it is mandatory that council staff – those had close contract with the infected staff and those developing Covid-19 related symptoms – to do swab tests.

“In view of the above, Council will close its site office premises at the ground floor of Sibu Central Market Carpark and the Public Health and Services section location at Level 20 with immediate effect from Feb 1, 2021 until further notice.

“However, the critical service of public health will continue to be given priority.  In this regard, Council would like to once again seek the understanding and cooperation of the public in facing this difficult and challenging time,” said Ting.

He said Sibu Central Market will be closed for two days on Feb 2 to Feb 3, 3021 to facilitate sanitisation work and swab test activities.

“All hawkers operate at Sibu Central Market must go to do their swab tests immediately at the nearest government clinic or at the drive through swab test facility provided by KKM (the Health Ministry) at Pustaka Negeri, Sibu.”

He urged all Sibu folks to minimise unnecessary movement, avoid over-crowding, and there to any other instructions or SOP issued by SDMC from time to time based on latest Covid-19 situation. — DayakDaily