They suspended bus line 202 in the Buenos Aires suburbs, after they were detected twelve cases of coronavirus in drivers of the service that runs between Berisso and La Plata. Alarms went off over the weekend, after they detected the disease in four drivers. They then tested all the staff, who determined that there was eight others infected. The drivers comply with insulation and are in good condition.
The suspension was determined by the municipality of Berisso and is effective from early in the morning, in a joint decision with the Undersecretary of Transportation of the province of Buenos Aires, the Unión Tranviarios Automotor (UTA) and the Transport company La Unión. The measure was taken preventively to reduce the chances of contagion. Line 214 will replace 202, as long as it remains interrupted.
After the first four positive cases were detected in drivers during the weekend, the sanitary protocol was activated. The rest of the staff were tested, which determined that eight other drivers had the disease. They were isolated just like 18 workers of the company, who await the result of the swabs.
The company reported that the drivers who tested positive remain isolated, follow them up and are in good health. In addition, the disinfection tasks that are usually carried out in the units and also in the company’s facilities were reinforced.
The infections occurred shortly after the government announced a new extension of the quarantine for the metropolitan area, the area with the most cases of COVID-19 in the country. The extension of the restrictions will be until the next 12th of July and it will be announced this Thursday by President Alberto Fernández, after a meeting he will have with Buenos Aires Governor Axel Kicillof and the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
The AMBA is expected to tighten controls in transportation, which is one of the main sources of contagion of coronavirus. Due to the increase in cases since last Friday, only workers considered essential can use the public service, who must have the corresponding permit to be able to travel during isolation.