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Oedo subway line in Tokyo cuts services by 30% after 15 drivers test positive for coronavirus

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The Toei Oedo subway line, which is run by the Tokyo metropolitan government, on Sunday began cutting back its services by 30% after 15 of its 167 drivers tested positive for the coronavirus.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, the revised timetable will last until Jan 11, although morning rush hour services between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. will be the same as usual on work days, Fuji TV reported. Seven other Toei workers, who came into contact with the infected drivers, are also self-quarantining, the bureau said.

The bureau said the results of tests on the 15 drivers came back positive on Friday. They start their shifts at an office in Kiyosumi, Koto Ward, the bureau said, adding all 195 employees who work at the office are being tested.

Announcements are being made at each station along the Oedo line and on trains to notify commuters about the change in schedule.

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And the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is still on for the postponed Olympics.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

A 30% cut of train service leads to what? Exactly, the next intentionally created superspreading clusters, in this case even more crowded platforms and trains. Let’s say it loud and clear, you have to quickly beat such crazy pandemic anti-management out of the hands of those stupid irresponsible people with their life-endangering behavior and ‘ideas’.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Living life as usual and this is what you get.

13 ( +19 / -6 )

The virus has spread widely in communities, homes and offices and to pretend it is

not by looking at the numbers abroad and comparing is naivety and stupidity.

The real spread of the virus is being deliberately hidden by keeping tests low,

the saving grace, after all most of the infected are young and asympthomatic. The

vulnerable are old and have underlying illnesses and cause of death can always be

attributed to their underlying illnesses or old age.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Were they all at the same drinking party?

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Where are you reading about a drinking party? The news I have read says it was spread in a break room and cafeteria. Or are you just joking?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

These packed trains have to be one of the main reasons of diseases, sexual violence, unhappiness and stress in this country.

Taking early morning packed trains once in a couple of months just makes me want to thank God for never commuting by train, and never will!

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Monty

Today  05:17 pm JST

Were they all at the same drinking party?

I think same.

I hope at least they enjoyed!

And the one guy who didn't get invited drove the train back with his infected buddies on board!

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I've often though what would happen if the next pandemic involved a virus that mainly affected the young, and with fatalities, but would be less and less effective as the person is older. The older people who have suffered due to the selfishness of the younger generation take their revenge and go out partying like it's 1999!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Public transport is a festering can of....

Exactly... they were probably infected in the train or on the platforms. Lots of infected people are commuting by trains and the likelihood of getting infected this way is high! Opening those windows ( just a few cm ) in the trains don’t help that much as the air circulation is still poor. It’s really tough to avoid infections if using trains, buses and even taxis but alternate transportation options especially in Tokyo is rather limited...walking, bicycles and own cars are the only choices that come to mind!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I agree to finally rich

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Were they all at the same drinking party?

They were not, that's the bad news.

Each of them were at separate drinking parties =)

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That’s very close to Sumiyoshi in Kinshicho Tokyo on the Hanzomon line that takes you passing Futako Tamagawa...

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Were they all at the same drinking party?

I think same.

I hope at least they enjoyed!

-8 ( +6 / -14 )

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