At least 13 MRT-3 workers have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Transportation announced yesterday.
Twelve of them were tellers working at the line’s Santolan, Ortigas, and Cubao stations. One is a cash assistant, but the Transport Department did not specify the station where the worker was assigned. All 13 were identified through contact tracing and are under quarantine.
Meanwhile, 114 of their colleagues were identified as their close contacts and were tested for COVID. They are under quarantine while waiting for their swab test results.
The MRT-3, which is notorious for its constant breakdowns, suspended its operations to conduct maintenance repairs during the Holy Week. However, it will resume its operations on Easter Sunday, April 4.
“In addition to repairs and maintenance works at our stations and trains, the Holy Week maintenance shutdown will also be utilized to perform COVID-19 swab tests on all exposed personnel. This will ensure [the] readiness of our personnel to resume operations and to serve the riding public as scheduled on Monday, April 5,” the Transport Department said.
Metro Manila and several neighboring provinces have been put under the enhanced community quarantine, the strictest form of lockdown, until Easter Sunday. The decision was made after COVID cases surged early this month, which was reportedly caused by the reopening of the economy and new coronavirus variants.
As of yesterday, the Philippines has 731,894 cases, including 603,213 recoveries and 13,186 deaths.
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