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    Call to shut APMC’s Vashi spices market after trader tests positive for coronavirus

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    At Pune APMC, labourers have stopped working as it is part of the areas that have been sealed by the municipal corporation from Tuesday to contain spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Loaders urge deputy CM Ajit Pawar to close down market, say it operates in unhygienic conditions.
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    PUNE: A trader in the wholesale spices market of Vashi APMC, Mumbai’s biggest mandi, has tested positive for Covid-19, prompting workers to demand closing down of the masala market. Labourers who load and unload goods at the Vashi APMC have urged deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar to shut down the wholesale market. “We have also called a meeting with the traders on Thursday to take a call on keeping the market closed,” Narendra Patil, leader of headload workers at the Vashi market, told ET.

    Dry fruits, sugar, jaggery, poha, maida, and spices such as turmeric and chilies are among commodities traded at the masala market. Patil alleged that the market operated in unhygienic conditions. “We had been telling the APMC administration that the hygiene was not up to the mark at the masala market as it was at other four markets,” he said. Traders are also worried.

    “We are ready to carry out our responsibility of providing essential services but not at the cost of our lives,” said Kirti Rana, chairman of Navi Mumbai Merchant Chamber and trader at the masala market. “We want the government to take all the measures required to keep hygiene at the market. We will go for a voluntary lockdown of the masala market after a meeting on Thursday.”

    Rana said the Covid-19 positive patient from the masala market had not come to the market after March 22. “He has been discharged from hospital and has been asked to quarantine at home for further 14 days,” he said.

    At Pune APMC, labourers have stopped working as it is part of the areas that have been sealed by the municipal corporation from Tuesday to contain spread of the novel coronavirus.
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