Written by: Chen Jiayi
2020-08-05 13:43Last update date: 2020-08-05 13:43
The third wave of the new crown pneumonia epidemic continued. There were 80 new confirmed cases in Hong Kong yesterday (4th). The newly confirmed patients included 2 fishmongers at Hung Hom Market and 1 fishmonger at To Kwa Wan Market. Professor Yuan Guoyong of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong led a team to inspect the site and collect samples for testing. The two markets will be closed today (5th) and tomorrow, waiting for the results of environmental testing.
The fish stall connection is recruited. Today, many neighbourhoods living near the two markets have their equipment upgraded immediately when they go out to buy food. They wear masks and gloves as well. It is also said that they will go to the market less in the future and will be thoroughly cooked. Fish food. Vegetable vendors who opened near the market also urged the government to test them for the virus.
Yesterday, two new fishmongers at the Hung Hom Market and a fishmonger at the To Kwa Wan Market were diagnosed. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the Hung Hom Market was at least 10, involving 4 fish stalls, while a total of two fishmongers were diagnosed in the To Kwa Wan Market. The source of the patient’s infection has yet to be verified. The two markets are temporarily closed today (5th) and tomorrow, waiting for the results of environmental tests.
The reporter inspected outside To Kwa Wan Market this morning, and many food shops were still open as usual, including several fish stalls. As for the markets that buy food, in addition to wearing masks, many people also wear gloves to go out to buy food.
Yuan Guoyong pointed out yesterday that he believes that the chance of the virus spreading through the air and through seafood is small, and urged the public not to worry too much about the infection from eating cooked aquatic products. However, Ms. Chen who patronizes the fish stall still expressed concern, so she put on gloves and went to the fish stall to buy fish. She also described that the market environment is usually more crowded, and only some stall vendors are willing to wear masks, and they only buy food every half a month.
Some people who buy fish with the same gloves said that the market must be crowded and they would not want to go to the market because of fear of the epidemic. Recently, there have been many cases involving fish stalls or related to environmental pollution. She also believes that as long as cooked fish is safe to eat, she will not avoid eating fish. She also said, "One district has one market." Everyday you have to buy food and take adequate preventive measures. Normally, there are no cats and mice in the market.
Ms. Lu, a butcher who runs a butcher shop next to the fish stall, said that she is not worried about being susceptible to the virus because of the nearby fish stall. She believes that compared to the closed environment of the market, the stalls on the street are more ventilated, and there are clean stalls every day. She is not worried that the government requires meat stalls to suspend business.
Although the Hung Hom Market is temporarily closed, many meat and vegetable stalls are also open outside the market. Vegetable vendor Ms. Li said that the flow of people on the street has been significantly reduced recently and people are reluctant to go out. Although she is worried about the epidemic, she still has to open a file to make ends meet, "There is no way to get two meals." She urged the government to conduct virus testing for businesses near the market, "because I am afraid of everyone, you don't know how (patients) go to the side", for fear that some customers have been to the infected fish stalls. She also pointed out that the air in the street stalls is more circulated than in the market, and the stalls will be cleaned every day. She also prepares a face mask in the store, which will be worn when there are too many people.
Mr. Zhu, who goes to the market almost every day, recently went to the fish stalls in the Hung Hom market to "help". He said that for fear of catching the epidemic, he would store cash in plastic bags and wear gloves when he went out to buy food. He felt helpless when there were confirmed cases in multiple fish stalls. "If you want to buy it, you can't buy (fish)." He also said that the epidemic broke out in the community. "There are all around. He also emphasized that he will minimize going out, wear a mask on weekdays, change clothes and wash hands when he goes home.
Another neighbourhood, Ms. Zhang, said that she had not been to the market for at least a week and described the market as a high-risk location. She would not dare to go and buy fish in the supermarket. She believes that even if there have been confirmed cases in supermarkets, they still feel safer psychologically. "Don't be surprised. If you are all surprised, you will not buy food or wild food."
▼In the third wave, the government has extended the restrictions on gatherings and banned food in the evening market.▼
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