Hong Kong: Wet markets undergo disinfection as COVID-19 cases increase

Wet markets are taking extra precautions closing an hour early than required in order to disinfect their premises as seen in Yuen Long district, on Monday. Shop owners closed their shops and the market gates at 19:00 local time (12:00 GMT), an hour earlier than official hours. Cleaners wearing full protective gear entered to deeply clean the market. Shop owner Ms Chan said, «During the epidemic everyone hopes to clean up once a week, everyone will definitely respond. It doesn't matter if there is less business, as health is the most important thing. Shop owners and the public are willing in order to have a clean and safe environment.» According to reports wet market stall workers, among other industries will be tested for the virus in order to prevent the spread further spread of the virus. Health officials have reported that wet markets as well as restaurants could be hotspots for increasing infections in Hong Kong. Authorities have issued a ban on gatherings more than two people, dining in restaurants as well as making face masks obligatory in public places. The new measures will come into force on Wednesday for at least a week.

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