The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) had to close the Pietermaritzburg city fruit and vegetable market to sanitise it after one of its cashier, who as of late came back from India, tried positive for Covid-19.
Stallholders and neighbours of the lady asserted she didn’t self-quarantine when she came back from the occasion.
She came back to work on March 16 and is believed to have interacted with an unknown number of stallholders and customers.
As per a representative at the Mkondeni Fresh Produce Market, who would not like to be named, the lady had made a trip to India for a vacation in spite of various warnings from loved ones about the Covid-19 pandemic. He said the lady demanded to go on the outing, as it had been covered.
“She left before the travel restrictions were imposed. However, by the time she returned, the government advised those who had travelled to self-isolate for at least two weeks. She returned to work almost immediately.
“She is a cashier here at the market, so she deals with many people at any given time,” he said.
The man asserted she developed flue symptoms around five days after she came back from India. She went to the doctor and tested positive for the infection.
“We have not seen her after she got sick. We are praying for her to fully recover. She has worked here for many years,” he said.
Msunduzi Municipality representative Thobeka Mafumbatha said the market was shut for two days – March 25 and 26 – when the Department of Health sent a group from the NICD to completely disinfect the zone.
She said after the “profound sanitisation”, the market was cleared to be revived and to keep trading.
Be that as it may, residents and some stallholders said they despite everything felt unsafe.
One of the purchasers at the market, which supplies nearby merchants with new produce, said she and her child were taking all the important precautionary measures when visiting the market.
“We can take all the precautions now, but what if it’s too late? We are just waiting to see if we develop symptoms and then we will have to deal with it,” she said.