Labuan Pasar Sentral UTC vendors undergo COVID-19 test

LABUAN (Bernama) – Fishmongers, vendors and workers at the busy Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) yesterday began taking the COVID-19 test as required by the authorities after a disease cluster was detected there last week.

The wet and dry market of the UTC has remained closed since December 10 following the detection of the Hujung Pasir Cluster involving vegetable vendors, fishmongers and visitors, with 18 cases recorded so far.

At least 178 fishmongers, other vendors and food service providers at the wet and dry market on the ground floor and food centre on the second floor of the three-storey building made a beeline for the test as early as 9am.

The COVID-19 Surveillance and Test Exercise at the UTC is being carried out with the collaboration of the Labuan Health Department and the Office of Labuan Senator Datuk Bashir Alias.

Labuan Health Department Director Dr Ismuni Bohari said those with COVID-19 symptoms will be quarantined.

Labuan has recorded 1,457 COVID-19 cases, with four active clusters – Sky Coklat, Titian, Saguking and Hujung Pasir – as of yesterday.

Pasar Sentral Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) vendors during the test. PHOTO: BERNAMA