EDSA biker collapses, dies with Metro Manila public transport still grounded


Posted at May 22 2020 03:16 PM | Updated as of May 22 2020 05:15 PM

A biker died after collapsing in EDSA-Magallanes early Friday. Photo courtesy of Bong Nebrija

MANILA - A biker fell unconscious along EDSA and later died Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said as public transport in the capital remained prohibited under lockdown measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

The biker is a former MMDA employee. He "suddenly collapsed" in the southbound lane of EDSA-Magallanes and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Makati Medical Center, said EDSA traffic chief Edison Nebrija.

"To all fellow bikers out there please make sure you’re fit enough to endure the distance and heat while pedaling to work," he said on Facebook.

Most of the Philippines' urban centers including Metro Manila, which accounts for a third of gross domestic product, eased its 2-month lockdown over the weekend to reboot the shrinking economy and stop job losses.

Public transportation remains suspended in areas under modified lockdown and businesses are urged to provide shuttle services and accommodation for workers, officials said.