Well, this is hardly a good look for the public transport system. According to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), recent COVID-19 testing among rail line personnel has yielded a whopping 522 positive results.
Of that figure, 117 positive cases came from the LRT-1, 143 from the LRT-2, 131 from the MRT-3, and another 131 from the PNR. It isn’t just the sheer number of cases that is worrying, though—the positivity rate among those getting tested should make any commuter sweat bullets, too.
The LRT-1, for example, has a total of 1,185 employees. Of that total, 377 underwent testing and 117 individuals yielded a positive result—that’s 31% of those who’ve been tested. You can check out the rest of the COVID-19 data provided by the DOTr in the Facebook post below:
The DOTr has already taken steps to address the situation, isolating positive individuals as well as any rail line employees still awaiting test results, close contacts of confirmed cases, as well as anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Rail lines are also currently operating at a limited capacity, and additional PUVs have been deployed to help service affected passengers.
This is serious, guys. Again, if there’s no urgent need for you to step outside of your home, just stay put. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are already struggling to cope with the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases. Stay safe out there.