MRT-3 management is dealing with yet another outbreak of COVID-19 within its ranks. This time, though, the train line’s operations are set to continue as no station employees have been infected by the virus.
In a statement, MRT-3 management said that a total of 42 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since January 20, 2021, following a single initial reported case. This figure comprises 36 depot office personnel and six employees of MRT-3 maintenance service provider Sumitomo–Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The individuals who tested positive are already under quarantine, while those who test negative following an RT-PCR test are allowed to report for work. Again, MRT-3 operations are not affected by this development as no station personnel are affected.
In light of this news, MRT-3 management is reminding commuters to wear face masks and face shields at all times and to refrain from talking or eating during trips. Disinfection of train cars will also continue as usual, and physical-distancing measures and limited passenger capacities will be enforced.
In July 2020, MRT-3 operations were suspended after 186 train line personnel tested positive for COVID-19. While commuters are fortunate MRT-3 trips will continue this time around, it’s important to keep in mind that complying with health and safety protocols is of utmost importance. Hopefully, the measures MRT-3 management has taken will be enough to contain the spread of COVID-19 among its office employees.