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Bengaluru: BMTC employee tests positive for Covid-19, depot sanitised

"The employee had a travel history to Kalaburagi and Vijayapura and was on leave for three days before he got himself tested on June 10 in Bengaluru," an official told indianexpress.com.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Updated: June 16, 2020 6:27:24 pm
bengaluru coronavirus, bengaluru coronavirus cases, BMTC employee tests positive for coronavirus, BMTC coronavirus contact tracing, karnataka coronavirus According to BMTC officials, the employee was admitted to a designated-COVID hospital in the city soon after his test results were confirmed.

With a driver-cum-conductor testing positive for coronavirus, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has begun contact tracing of its passengers and has assured all safety measures to minimise the risk of the spread of the virus.

According to BMTC officials, the employee was admitted to a designated-COVID hospital in the city soon after his test results were confirmed.

“The employee had a travel history to Kalaburagi and Vijayapura and was on leave for three days before he got himself tested on June 10 in Bengaluru,” BMTC Managing Director C Shikha told Indianexpress.com.

BMTC officials further claimed that the employee — who works at the KR Puram depot in Bengaluru — did not have any symptoms of fever or health issues.

Besides this, a statement issued by the corporation said that the workplace had been disinfected and sanitised as per prescribed norms. “BMTC has taken all needful measures to ensure the safety of its employees and the travelling public,” the statement read.

According to officials from the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the contact tracing process is now underway. “All contacts identified will be tested as per protocol,” a health officer in charge of Bengaluru Urban district said.

As many 42 new coronavirus cases of the total 120 in the state on Wednesday were reported from the capital city.

“BMTC along with the health department is now tracing all primary contacts the employee might have interacted with. The process is taking place in all possible depots he visited during duty hours,” BMTC MD Shikha added.

BMTC had begun operating bus services in the city on May 18 in tune with the Centre and the state’s latest lockdown norms. The corporation has adopted various safety measures, including the introduction of contactless digital ticketing and making it mandatory for all passengers to wear a mask to board the bus.

To avoid crowding, the corporation has advised citizens not to board a bus if seats are not available. Further, dedicated doors for boarding (rear door) and off-boarding (front door) have also been assigned.

While the crew was also directed to wear masks and use sanitisers at regular intervals, they were also made to ensure those suffering from fever and other ailments are not allowed on the bus.

Update as on June 16:

The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has confirmed the test results of all primary contacts of the employee have tested negative. “All 7 persons identified as primary contacts with Covid patient have tested negative,” a statement read.

Further, BMTC officials claimed that the health department appreciated their efforts to ensure precautionary measures as soon as the infection was confirmed.

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