Portion of Marikina public market ordered closed after vendor dies of suspected COVID-19

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 08:12 PM

MANILA — The wet section of the Marikina City Public Market was ordered closed by Mayor Marcy Teodoro, following the death of a 72-year old vendor who was suspected to have contracted COVID-19.

Teodoro said the temporary closure was for the decontamination of the area, where meat, poultry and fruits are sold. Contact tracing will also be done,

Aside from residents of Marikina, those living in Pasig City, Antipolo City, and San Mateo rely on the public market for their personal and small businesses needs.

The family of the vendor, as well as five neighboring households, are also under “clustered quarantine” even if they are asymptomatic, as a precautionary measure.

The barangay was ordered to provide food and other assistance to the fsmilies who are prohibited from leaving their houses.

Teodoro also ordered cops to implement the lockdown of the whole city, preventing non-Marikina residents from entering the town.

He also emphasized the value of mass testing because of the incident, echoing the call of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian who ordered the testing of asymptomatic individuals who turned out to be positive for the coronavirus.

Teodoro had lamented the health department's policy of removing asymptomatic “Persons Under Monitoring” from the list of priority individuals for COVID-19 testing.

He said the family and neighbors of the vendor are among those who will be tested when the Marikina City COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory opens on Tuesday.

“Mali ang DOH dun, ang tingin ko dahil sa kakapusan ng pasilidad, kakapusan ng kakayaan nilang mag-test isinusunod nila ang policy dun eh, and the policy kung sinusunod mo based on your capacity, does not follow or hindi nangangahulugan na tama ang polisya mo o nakakatulong talaga,” Teodoro said.

Teodoro added that he was turned down by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine when he asked that the family be tested for COVID-19.