Ernakulam market to shut down after sellers turn COVID-19 positive
Kochi: A meeting chaired by Ernakulam district Collector S. Suhas has decided to temporarily close Ernakulam market after some sales staff there tested positive for COVID-19. The areas of the market stretching from St. Francis Cathedral to the Ernakulam Press Club Road will be closed.
On Tuesday, employees in an electrical shop turned positive for the virus. Earlier, their colleague was diagnosed with the virus. The health department quarantined the people named in the primary contact list of the infected. The shops, where the patients were working, were also closed down as directed by the department.
The district Collector directed the health department to immediately carry out a random COVID-19 test among the people in the market who have symptoms. Till date, samples of 26 people working in the market were tested.
Addressing the meeting through video conference, Minister for Agriculture V. S. Sunil Kumar directed the officials to take immediate action to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It is directed that shops outside the containment zone must follow social distancing norms. Shops which violate the norm will be closed down. The Minister also advised the officials to take special care of the employees and customers.
MP Hibi Eden and DCP G. Poonkuzhali also attended the meeting through video conference. MLA T. J. Vinod, sub collector Snehil Kumar Singh, assistant collector Rahul Krishna Sharma, DMO Dr N. K. Kuttappan and representatives of Vyapari Vyavasayi Samiti also attended the meeting.