The MRT-3 Management acknowledges the information reported by the Department of Health that one of the patients who tested positive for the COVID-19 UK variant is the mother of an MRT-3 employee.
We have identified the concerned MRT-3 Depot personnel who was immediately brought to a quarantine facility on 20 January and who had completed the mandatory quarantine on 30 January.
Upon learning on 13 February from the DOH and DILG contact tracer that his mother had tested positive for the UK variant, the MRT-3 employee and 2 other members of his family underwent a re-swab yesterday, 14 February. Their tests all yielded negative results. His mother has also been released from the quarantine facility on 06 February after completing the required quarantine period, and is now fully recovered.
It may be recalled that the first case of current cluster of COVID19 cases in MRT3 Depot was confirmed on 15 January. We have immediately taken more stringent measures to contain transmission.
A mass RT-PCR swab testing was conducted for all Depot personnel on 16 January, a day after learning of the first case.
On 22 January, there were 50 active cases among our personnel. The number reached 56 active cases on 25 January. As of today, 15 February there is a total of 13 active cases.
Further, to date, there is no reported COVID-19 cases in the stations. The cases are still contained within the Depot, mostly in offices.
We will continue to observe the "enhanced access control," wherein only essential and necessary employees who yielded a negative RT-PCR swab test can report to the offices, at the Depot or in stations. We will also continue to strictly implement other health and safety protocols, especially in Stations and Trains.