MRT worker linked to UK variant patient tests negative for COVID-19

Published February 16, 2021, 1:44 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) personnel whose mother was infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) UK variant has tested negative for the disease, the management said.


In a statement, the MRT-3 said its staff has already completed the mandatory quarantine from January 20 to 30 as part of the management’s protocol when clustering of cases was reported in its depot last month.

However, when the health department confirmed over the weekend that the mother tested positive for the more infectious UK variant, the rail line employee and two other members of his family underwent a re-swab on Sunday, Feb. 14.

“Their tests all yielded negative results. His mother has also been released from the quarantine facility on Feb. 6 after completing the required quarantine period, and is now fully recovered,” the management shared.

Last Jan. 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) confirmed the first case of the current cluster of COVID-19 cases in the MRT-3 depot.

Following this, more stringent measures to contain the virus transmission have been implemented while a mass RT-PCR swab testing was conducted for all depot personnel. 

As of Monday, Feb. 15, the MRT-3 office said there were a total of 13 active cases among its depot personnel, a huge reduction from the 56 active cases recorded on Jan. 25.

“To date, there [are] no reported COVID-19 cases in the stations. The cases are still contained within the depot, mostly in offices,” it added.

The management vowed that it will continue to observe its “enhanced access control” guideline wherein only essential and necessary employees with negative swab test results can report to the offices, depot, or stations.

“We will also continue to strictly implement other health and safety protocols, especially in stations and trains,” it said.