By: Dexter Cabalza
The management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 has followed the lead of Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 authorities as it also banned talking inside its trains to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
As it resumed operations on Monday after a six-day lockdown due to a spike in the number of its personnel who tested positive for COVID-19, the MRT 3 management strictly prohibited passengers from “talking and answering calls from digital devices while inside the trains.”
Commuters should also fill out contact tracing forms before being allowed into any station. These should contain their name, address, contact number, station of entry, and date and time of entry. The forms would be left in drop boxes placed near the turnstiles.
Their body temperature recorded by MRT 3 personnel equipped with thermal scanners should also be logged in.
In an advisory last week, the World Health Organization said that SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may linger in the air in crowded indoor spaces, spreading from one person to the next.
It had described this form of transmission as “rare and possibly insignificant.” But scientists around the world were urging the agency to revise its position, and affirm that the virus may be airborne.
At least 281 MRT 3 personnel, mostly depot workers, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Fourteen train sets were running on Monday, down from the usual 19. INQ
IN PHOTO: Metro Rail Transit 3 personnel in personal protective equipment suits screen passengers at the North Avenue station on the first day of the train system’s return to operations after a six-day shutdown due to the growing number of personnel infected by the coronarvirus. —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA