SMRT's train frequency to be reduced if flu alert hits red
SINGAPORE: SMRT said train frequency will be reduced by 30 per cent once Singapore's pandemic alert level hits red. This is because its service staff are divided into two teams to prevent the potential spread of the H1N1 virus. SMRT has increased its cleanliness vigilance level in trains and buses by more than three times ever since the Health Ministry raised the flu alert to orange. Public areas are cleaned once every two hours and temperatures of SMRT officers are checked twice daily. There is also a quarantine room for passengers who display flu symptoms.Ventilation within the trains has been increased, while windows and doors of buses parked at interchanges will remain open.Temperature of bus captains are also being checked at bus interchanges.- CNA/so http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...426860/1/.html
The person who decided to do this probably doesn't take the MRT everyday. By reducing the trains by 30%, the sardines will be packed 30% closer and the risk of spreading the flu will increase.
The best thing the SMRT to do if the alert turns red is to increase the train frequency by 30% so the trains are less packed.
As for cleaning the trains obsessively every 2 hours - don't they know that unlike SARS, flu is spread by people coughing and proximity to the person coughing is probably the most important factor in its spread.