Bustling as usual at Chow Kit Market despite Covid-19

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The police and Malaysia Civil Defence Force  (APM) monitoring the queue of visitors to the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur during the first day of Ramadan during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020.
The police and Malaysia Civil Defence Force  (APM) monitoring the queue of visitors to the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur during the first day of Ramadan during the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia.PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Health (MOH) conducted Covid-19 screening on at least 1,000 traders and workers at the Chow Kit Market following media reports yesterday which alleged that three traders at are positive of the disease.

However, the news did not hamper city dwellers from making their ways to the market to make their purchases as early as 6.00am today.

Most of the people said that they came to the Chow Kit Market as it sells everything that they need and it was the one-stop-centre for their essential items, thus saving them trips to several places.

According to an observation by MalaysiaGazette, at 10.00am, visitors to the market including foreigners queued almost 1 kilometre while waiting for their turns to make their purchase at the market.

MalaysiaGazatte was informed that at least 500 people had already made their purchases.

Some had queued for more than an hour, patiently waiting for their turn to buy chicken, fish, beef, eggs, vegetables and other essential items.

Most of them wanted to buy stock which would last them for a week in conjunction with Ramadan which begins today.

Consumers buying their essential items in preparation of Ramadan during the 38th day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur.     PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020.
Consumers buying their essential items in preparation of Ramadan during the 38th day of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur.
PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020.

The defence team including those from the People’s Volunteer Corporation (RELA), Malaysia Civil Defence Force  (APM) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) ensured that each visitor was screened before entering the market to make their purchase for essential items within 15 minutes.

They also made sure that social distancing was practiced. Warnings were also heard when the consumers did not observe the rule.

Only 20 people were allowed into the market at one time and all of them were wearing face masks.

The police also prepared a special lane for senior citizens who wanted to get their essential items.

A shopper carries the items he bought in preparation for the Ramadan and the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia which has entered its 38th day at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur.     PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020
A shopper carries the items he bought in preparation for the Ramadan and the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia which has entered its 38th day at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur.
PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) on the other hand were seen to be inspecting passports of foreigners. Those without travel documentation were asked to go home and if they refuse, they will be arrested before further actions are taken against them.

The MalaysiaGazette was shocked to find an Indonesian known as Busarnie, 64, during an interview who was suspected for not completing her mandatory 14-day quarantine.

She left her quarantine after merely a week of isolation and headed out to purchase essential items.

However, upon finding out, the officers from MOH requested her to go home.

The notice of closure issued by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur after three traders at the market were tested positive of Covid-19.     PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette  24 APRIL 2020.The notice of closure issued by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur after three traders at the market were tested positive of Covid-19.     PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette  24 APRIL 2020.
The notice of closure issued by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) at the Chow Kit Market in Kuala Lumpur after three traders at the market were tested positive of Covid-19.
PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 24 APRIL 2020.

Meanwhile, three traders at the market who sell chicken and vegetables were tested positive of Covid-19.

The temporary closure was ordered at the area selling chicken. -MalaysiaGazette

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