120 bus drivers at 7 interchanges infected with COVID: LTA

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Toa Payoh bus interchange. (SCREENCAP: Google Maps Streetview)
Toa Payoh bus interchange. (SCREENCAP: Google Maps Streetview)

SINGAPORE — To date, a total of 120 bus drivers across seven interchanges have been infected with COVID-19, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Monday (30 August).

There are currently seven infection clusters involving bus interchanges, with the latest cluster at Boon Lay Bus Interchange numbering 13 cases. 

The largest cluster is at Toa Payoh Bus Interchange, which now numbers 33 cases. The remaining interchanges are located at Bishan, Sengkang, Punggol, Clementi and Jurong East. 

LTA is currently working with public transport operators (PTOs) to minimise the impact on bus operations

The 120 drivers represent about 1.3 per cent of the 9,500-strong bus driver workforce. According to LTA, over 95 per cent of bus drivers are already fully vaccinated.

"With the exception of four bus captains, the others who recently tested positive have been fully vaccinated and most are asymptomatic or showing only mild symptoms," said the LTA. 

Beyond enforcing prevailing safe management measures, PTOs will also be taking additional precautions for mask-off activities for workers. These include ensuring workers take their meal or smoke breaks alone, even if they are fully vaccinated.

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