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San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora announced plans to rehabilitate Agora Market following its temporary closure due to a lone case of coronavirus disease there.

In an interview, Zamora said the plan to rehabilitate the market was put on hold following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

“We will fix this entire market. Ire-rehabilitate ito. Baka ito na talaga ‘yung panahon para simulan ito (It will be rehabilitated. This may be the time to start it),” the mayor told reporters.

“Para pag na-rehabilitate na natin ito, pasok na pasok na ito doon sa new normal guidelines (So that once it is rehabilitated, it will be in compliance with the new normal guidelines),” he added.

The local government temporarily closed down the public market after a male worker there was found positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, the city government conducted disinfection at the market, which is located on N. Domingo Street corner F. Blumentritt Street.

Following the discovery of the infection, the local government subjected 644 market vendors and workers to a swab test on Wednesday and Thursday.

Zamora said all of the workers will remain in home quarantine pending the release of their test results.

The mayor is hoping that the market will reopen on Monday, as the results of the swab tests are expected to be release on the weekend.

“Only those who test negative and [are] cleared by the City Health Office will be allowed back into the market to open their stalls and work their shifts,” Zamora said in a statement.

“Those who will test positive will be isolated and treated. They will need to secure a clearance from the City Health Office to return to work once they are done with their treatment protocol,” he added.

In its statement, the city government said the market worker has been placed in isolation and is receiving treatment at a hospital. Those who had close contact with the patient have also been tested and placed on quarantine.

Zamora said the helper was determined to be positive for COVID-19 after the local government conducted a random polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test among “high-risk areas” in the city such as the public market.

According to the city government, there are currently 60 active cases of COVID-19 in San Juan City, 290 recoveries, and 46 deaths as of July 1.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the local government reported a total of 396 confirmed cases, with most of the infections concentrated in Barangay Greenhills.

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