Reduced MRT-3 operations 'possible' as COVID-19 positive depot workers reach 127: DOTr

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Posted at Jul 02 2020 10:04 AM | Updated as of Jul 02 2020 11:37 AM

Reduced MRT-3 operations 'possible' as COVID-19 positive depot workers reach 127: DOTr 1
Passengers observe physical distancing as they queue at the MRT-3 Pasay-Taft station on June 1, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - The number of COVID-19 positive cases at the MRT-3 line depot further increased following a mass swab testing conducted by the train operator, Department of Transportation said Thursday.

The total COVID-19 positive workers of the MRT 3-depot has reached 127 from 91, DOTr Usec. Timothy Batan said in a video press conference.

Workers who contracted the disease are from the depot and not stations workers, Batan said. However, the rising cases could result in reduced train operations next week, he said.

"Kakatanggap lang po namin ng official results from 91 po, ngayon pong umaga meron na po tayong 127 cases sa ating depot. Ang mga empleyado sa MRT 3 sa istasyon hanggang ngayon wala po positive sa COVID-19 sa kanila," Batan said.

(We have just received official results that from 91, we now have 127 cases in our depot. None of the employees in the station are COVID-19 positive)

"Ito pong darating na Lunes diyan po tayo possible na most likely magrereduce po ng operations at malalaman natin ang bilang ng train na magbabawas sa parating na weekend," he added.

(This Monday, it's possible that we will reduce operations. We will know the actual number of trains to be shut this weekend)

A total of 124 workers out of the 127 COVID-19 patients are employees of the MRT-3's maintenance operator Sumitomo, Batan said.

Batan said the main train line would shutdown to pursue its planned rail replacement schedule over the weekend.

-- with reports from Jacque Manabat and Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News