A health worker takes a swab from a man during a Covid-19 test at the Pluis traditional market in West Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Testing for Covid-19 at a Jakarta Traditional Market
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
JUNE 17, 2020
The Palmerah Health Center performed swab tests for Covid-19 on 150 traders at the Pluis traditional market in West Jakarta on Wednesday.
Authorities fear traditional markets could become the next hotspots for coronavirus transmission since physical distancing is near impossible around the crowded stalls and tiny alleys.
More swab and rapid tests for Covid-19 were carried out at the Slipi Jaya, Slipi Loksen and South City Kencar markets.
"We've seen many cases of Covid-19 that emerged from traditional markets," Dr. Darius, the head of the Palmerah Health Center, said.
During the testing at the Pluis market, 20 people were also fined Rp 250,000 ($18) for not wearing a mask.