Some 200 tricycle drivers in Mandaluyong diagnosed with COVID-19 via rapid test

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — Around 200 tricycle drivers in Mandaluyong City tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid diagnostic testing.

They are among some 7,000 drivers who went through coronavirus testing in Mandaluyong, the city public information office told CNN Philippines on Tuesday.

The patients are all asymptomatic and under observation, the city government said. They have been isolated, some are in quarantine facilities, others are under home quarantine, while awaiting results of their confirmatory swab test.

The city government began testing of tricycle drivers last Thursday since they were allowed to resume operations under the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila. They should take only one passenger at a time to practice social distancing to prevent further spread of the virus.

Drivers need certification that they are negative for COVID-19 before they can ply their routes again, the city's public information office said.

Mandaluyong has 651 confirmed COVID-19 cases, based on the city government's monitoring as of Tuesday. Of this number, 54 died while 326 have recovered from the viral illness.

Metro Manila mayors are now recommending a shift to general community quarantine to allow more industries to reopen on June 1.