15 MRT contractors positive for coronavirus, depot workers to take rapid tests

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Posted at Jun 18 2020 10:36 AM

15 MRT contractors positive for coronavirus, depot workers to take rapid tests 1
Passengers observe physical distancing as they queue at the MRT-3 Pasay-Taft station on June 1, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - All depot personnel of the MRT-3 line will undergo rapid antibody tests after 15 workers of its maintenance contractor Sumitomo tested positive for the coronavirus, its operator said Thursday.

The Philippine Coast Guard will administer the rapid tests, the MRT-3 operator said in an advisory. Those who will test positive will undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test, it said.

“The health and safety of our employees and passengers are primordial to us. All employees will be required to undergo testing," said MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati.

Maintenance provider Sumitomo-MHI-TESPI disclosed on June 11 that one of its workers tested positive for COVID-19 after an RT-PCR test. Contact tracing was conducted and it was discovered that 14 out of the patient's 32 contacts contracted the disease.

The depot, stations and trains are being disinfected and health measures will continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Capati said.

Train lines in Metro Manila were allowed to reopen at limited capacity after the capital shifted to general community quarantine on June 1, emerging from an 11-week lockdown. Metro Manila and other areas remain under GCQ until June 30.