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MRT Jakarta safe from COVID-19, official claims

  • Sausan Atika

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  01:00 am
MRT train passengers sit next to the seats that are crossed, Jakarta, Thursday (03/19/2020) Jakarta MRT establishes social distancing on the train, by providing distance between seated passengers. (JP/ Riand Alfiandy)

The COVID-19 outbreak has somewhat shifted people’s perspective on public transportation, making them see it as presenting a high risk of transmission, especially amid physical distancing policies and restrictions on passenger numbers. City-owned transportation company PT MRT Jakarta, however, aims to brush off the concerns, arguing that people will not get infected in train cars as long as health protocols are strictly implemented. MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said a study by the Bandung Institute of Technology's School of Business and Management suggested that there was nothing conclusive about COVID-19 transmission on public transportation. “The study showed that [coronavirus transmission on public transportation] has not been proven. This also demonstrates that the stigma surrounding public transportation as a place that is at high risk of ...