Railway personnel recovery rise to 419

Railway personnel recovery rise to 419

MANILA – The four rail services of Metro Manila said 419 workers have so far recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In its status update, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday the total is from the 5,756 railway personnel who have been tested as of April 21.

To date, there are still 655 active cases among the 8,277 workers of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2), Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), and Philippine National Railways (PNR).

At LRT-1, 1,026 out of its 1,185 workers have been tested, with 19 active cases and 162 recoveries.

It will no longer suspend operations on April 24 and 25, supposedly due to maintenance works, as it “recognizes the role of public transport in ensuring the mobility of essential services and understand the needs of our commuters this pandemic,” a statement read.

LRT-2 has tested 1,934 out of its 1,979 workers so far, with 215 active cases and 120 recoveries.

Its operating hours are reduced until April 30 – from the usual 5 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to the shortened 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. – while its personnel recuperate.

MRT-3 tested 1,509 out of its 3,284 personnel, with 201 active cases and 107 recoveries.

Out of PNR’s 1,829 personnel, 1,287 have been tested, with 220 still infected and 30 recovered.

April 21, 2021 data on LRT, MRT and PNR mass testing and results (Courtesy of DOTr)

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the mass testing of all railway personnel to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

All four train services are running on limited capacity as workers who tested positive, those still awaiting test results, those identified as close contacts of confirmed cases, and those with any symptoms of Covid-19 are required to isolate and undergo quarantine. (PNA)

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