Perishable food carriers to be prioritized for COVID-19 test


The drivers of perishable food trucks will be prioritized to carry out antigen rapid test kits so that they can pass Mandalay Region as the soonest, said U Okkar Kyaw, general secretary of Mandalay Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI). The truck drivers and assistants have to take COVID-19 tests with test kits at the inspection checkpoint before entering the region. The move is aimed at ensuring those carriers of foods are free from the coronavirus, yet it causes trade delay and harms the quality of the foods. As a result of this, the traders and drivers called for Mandalay Region government and the relevant organizations to deal with that problem. Consequently, those carriers of perishable foods are to be favoured during the COVID-19 testing.
Those perishable foods are fish, prawn, crab, chick, pork, mutton, beef, flower and vegetable. There are ten checkpoints to test the drivers of the trucks before entering the Mandalay Region. The expansion of checkpoints is now from 10 to 12. The COVID-19 Control and Emergency Response Committee of the Mandalay Region have informed the respective health departments to do a favour on the drivers of perishable food trucks. — Aung Thura (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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