PJ Old Town Market Closed Pending Covid-19 Tests, 4 Test Positive

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The wet market on Jalan Othman, Petaling Jaya will remain closed until everyone who has visited the market from April 5 to 18 has been screened for Covid-19.


Four individuals working at the Jalan Othman market – better known as Petaling Jaya old town market – have tested positive for Covid-19.

Petaling District Disaster Management Committee chairman Johary Anuar said they comprised two fishmongers, a food trader and a PJ City Council cleaner.

“From the 153 samples taken on the Wednesday during the screening exercise, we were notified last night that four of them were tested positive.

“Hence, the market will remain closed till the screening test on 1,500 traders at the market is completed,” he said in a statement today.

Johary said those who had patronised the market between April 5 and 18 would also be tested.

The Health Ministry had screened traders and workers from the fish section of the market on Wednesday after a 51-year-old fishmonger was tested positive.

He was believed to have contracted the coronavirus when taking supplies from the Selayang wholesale market which is now under the Enhanced Movement Control Order.

The market was originally closed on Monday for disinfection.

Johary said at the time the closure would be for five days.

There are 578 market traders at the Jalan Othman wet market.