Claims that traders at a market in Kuala Terengganu died of Covid-19 not true, says state Health Dept

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KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu Health Department has denied claims, which went viral on social media recently that several traders at Pasar Besar Kedai Payang here had died due to Covid-19.

Its director Datuk Dr Kasemani Embong said there was an outbreak among traders at the market but no deaths were reported.

“From Oct 31 until Saturday (Nov 13), some 36 out of 1,000 traders at the market have contracted Covid-19.

“All of them have been isolated and given treatment. Two of them were admitted to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital and have been discharged. All close contacts have been identified and asked to undergo quarantine,” she said in a statement on Monday (Nov 15).

Dr Kasemani urged the public not to spread fake news to avoid confusion among the community, adding that the department would take the necessary measures to contain the Covid-19 transmission. – Bernama