By MB Online
Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos on Wednesday said the local government still don’t know how at least 255 tricycle drivers got infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Abalos, in an interview over GMA’s Unang Balita, said they cannot trace yet how the disease was transmitted among the tricycle drivers.
The mayor said that the tricycle drivers, who tested positive for COVID-19 through a rapid test, are not yet operating.
“Hindi pa naman sila bumibiyahe talaga, actually ang sabi ko kasi hangga’t walang rapid test, hindi sila puwedeng bumiyahe,” she said.
“Hindi mo ma-trace kung sasabihin mo na nahawa kung kanino kasi nga random ‘yung aming ano eh. Iba-ibang barangays itong mga drivers na ‘to eh kaya di namin masabi kung nahawa kung kanino…” Abalos said.
The 255 tricycle drivers, who are all asymptomatic, came from different barangays, the mayor said.
“Ganyan kadami kasi naman close to 4,000 ang aming pina-rapid test kasi 8,000 ‘yung aming tricycle drivers, medyo nangangalahati na kami ngayon kaya out of 4,000, 255 ‘yung nagpositive sa rapid,” Abalos added.
“Kapag nagpositive sila sa rapid test, automatic ‘yan ipapa-swab natin, ‘yung PCR. Then, automatic din na i-isolate na namin sila and then of course, ‘yung kayang magpa-isolate sa bahay, home quarantine, o hindi kaya nilalagay namin sa isang gym or sa isang school namin…” she added.
Abalos, meanwhile, assured the public that the tricycle drivers are already isolated.
Should the city shift to GCQ on June 1, only half of the tricycle drivers in the city will be allowed to operate, she said.
“Kalahati lang muna ang tatakbo na tricycle pagdating ng June 1. Ang gagawin namin parang color coding sila, iba ang MFW, iba ang TTH para at least di naman sila sabay sabay na 8,000 lalabas diyan sa kalye,” Abalos said.
She also added all tricycle drivers must always wear a face mask and gloves, and disinfectants, alcohol, and log book must always be available.