Fishmongers from all markets to be tested for Covid-19 after new cluster found at Jurong Fishery Port

Customers at Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre rushing to buy fish on July 17, 2021.
Customers at Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre rushing to buy fish on July 17, 2021.PHOTO: CHA HAE WON

SINGAPORE - Fishmongers from all markets are to be tested for Covid-19 following a cluster at Jurong Fishery Port that was declared on Friday (July 16).

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (July 17) that there is a risk of transmission of the virus to other markets, as there was spread from the port to Hong Lim Market and Food Centre.

The ministry said fishmongers from all markets will receive an SMS health risk warning on July 18, and will be required under the law to get tested at designated testing centres and self-isolate until they receive a negative test from their first polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

They will be issued with self-test antigen rapid test (ART) kits and are required to self-administer the test on the seventh day from the last exposure.

They will also be required to undergo another PCR test at designated testing centres around the 14th day from the date of their last known exposure.

MOH said all those who worked at Jurong Fishery Port between July 3 and July 16 have already been placed on quarantine.

Special testing operations will also be conducted for all visitors to the port during that period.

MOH added: "We understand that there is now a rush to buy fish. MOH advises all visitors to the wet markets to avoid crowds and to do your marketing during off-peak hours, or at supermarkets."

MOH reminded the public to observe safe management measures by keeping a 1m distance from one another and wearing masks properly while marketing.

The Jurong Fishery Port will be closed for two weeks from Saturday to July 31. The closure is meant to help break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and enable deep cleaning.