MOH & NEA to test fishmongers from all markets in S'pore for Covid-19

MOH said that there is a risk of the virus being transmitted to other markets.

Fiona Tan | July 17, 2021, 04:23 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) is working with the National Environment Agency (NEA) to test all the fishmongers from all local markets after cases of Covid-19 were detected to have been spread from the Jurong Fishery Port to the Hong Lim Market.

Based on the spread of the infection, MOH said on July 17 there is a risk of transmission of the virus to other markets.

NEA will also distribute Antigen Rapid Test kits to fishmongers so that they can continue to monitor themselves. More details will be released shortly.

Free Covid-19 tests will also be extended to members of the public who had visited Hong Lim Market & Food Centre between July 2 and July 16, 2021.

Click here for details on the testing operations.

Stall vendors likely interacted with delivery personnel from Jurong Fishery Port

According to Shin Min Daily News (SMDN), one of the cases from the Hong Lim Market is a female drinks stall vendor.

The report comes after the Chinese daily spoke to several vendors from Hong Lim Market & Food Centre.

While the exact cause of her infection remains unclear, MOH has confirmed that there is a spread of infection between the Jurong Fishery Port and the Hong Lim Market.

According to SMDN, some fishmongers at the wet market within Hong Lim Market & Food Centre obtain their supplies from Jurong Fishery Port fish merchants.

As such, delivery personnel from Jurong Fishery Port might stop for a drink at Hong Lim Food Centre's drinks stall, and inadvertently come into contact with drink stall vendors.

Port personnel quarantined

Hong Lim Market & Food Centre and Jurong Fishery Port has been ordered to close for two weeks for deep cleaning, from July 17 to July 31.

This comes after a new bunch of cases was discovered at said venues.

MOH has confirmed and linked seven cases to the cluster as of July 16, and said they are investigating these seven cases in a press release on July 17.

All personnel working at Jurong Fishery Port between July 3 and July 16 have been placed on quarantine.

In addition, Special Testing Ops are ongoing for all who visited the Port during the same period.

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Top image from Andy Wong and Seafood dynasty 海鲜皇朝/Facebook