No YBS drivers test positive for COVID-19: YRTA

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Picture shows YBS buses in downtown Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

The YBS drivers from different bus lines operating in Yangon region are not yet coronavirus positive, said U Hla Aung, the joint secretary of Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
“There is no report from the bus lines that YBS drivers are found COVID-19 positive,” he added.
However, officials from a township informed a bus line that one passenger was sent to a COVID-19 treatment centre. He is said to have taken the YBS 37 bus to Taikkyi a few days ago. So, the bus line isolated that YBS 37 driver, he stated.
“Additionally, the YBS 37 bus line was restricted in conformity with the guidance of the related Health Department, according to YRTA. Till now, the related bus line has not reported as to whether the bus drivers are found COVID-19 or not,” the YRTA joint secretary confirmed.
The number of commuters onboard the buses had dropped after authorities had declared stay home announcement in 44 townships in Yangon except for Cocogyun township when the COVID-19 second wave started.
Before the outbreak of COVID-19, over 4,500 YBS buses are running on 135 routes, with 1.8 estimated passengers. Now, YBS operates more than 900 buses from 107 bus lines, providing service for over 80,000 passengers in Yangon Region, according to YRTA. (Translated by Hay Mar)

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