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By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Port Authority announced on Wednesday that three additional have tested positive for coronavirus in the past week, bringing the total number of positive cases among employees to 51.

All three of the positive cases were operators from the West Mifflin garage and each reported having family members that recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The three positive cases were reported between Friday, September 11, and Monday, September 14. The operators have been in medically-directed precautionary self-quarantine.

44 of the 51 positive cases have recovered and been cleared to return to work.

Seven of the positive cases are currently at home recovering.

Port Authority is continuing vehicle capacity limits in order for riders to adequately social distance as well as requiring face coverings at stops, stations, and inside of vehicles.

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USA :the desperate cry of the residents of a neighborhood of Algeciras

“He has not entered my house, but in that of my neighbors he has,” says the man in his sixties, who continues to live with his wife and three of their four children. “The oldest, 36, became independent; and let’s see if we don’t have to go live with her, ”he laments.

Álvaro says that he spends his nights at high tide awake and that he lives up to the tide table. “This eats your nerves,” he says. “We have insomnia,” he insists, “the water doesn’t let us sleep.”

“And are you considering leaving?”

-Where? All the savings I have put in that house. I can’t get out of the way. I’ll try to hang on, I don’t know how long, but I can’t afford to abandon ship.

The ship Álvaro alludes to has strong anchors on the mainland. But his house is not far from others that have already disappeared. Shortly before the summer of 2019, four homes in the area fell under their own weight. The water had entered the foundation and the structure gave way. For a long time, that debris has been there, reminding neighbors of the future that awaits them if they do not move.

El Rinconcillo beach is one of the four beaches that Algeciras once had. Of those four, only two remain today, and one is at risk. The first to disappear was that of Los Ladrillos, due to an urban operation whereby a two-lane highway became a four-lane highway. And because before that performance the sewage of the city began to be removed from that part of the coast. Later that of El Chorruelo disappeared, which was lost due to a port expansion.

What until a few years ago was a dune cord that ran parallel to the mouth of the Palmones River, which separates Algeciras from Los Barrios, has become just a thread, broken in several places, which has two consequences. “On the one hand it affects all the fauna that crosses the Strait; on the other hand, in those areas where there are no dunes, jeeps sneak up to the shore and we have already seen drug traffickers lining up there, ”says Serrano.

Neighbors of the neighborhood of El Rinconcillo, Algeciras. Photo Fernando Russian


On the platform’s agenda is to hold three key meetings. The first, with the Algeciras city council, without competences on the matter, to get their support. Second, with the general director of Protected Spaces of the Ministry of the Environment, “who has a responsibility for the management and safeguarding of these 113 decisive hectares for fauna”; and, finally, “and, most importantly, with the president of the Port Authority, because they have made the mess and they must fix it.”

“There is a bunker, which was built when it was thought that Spain would enter the Second World War, which divides the beach in two and which for us is a reference, because it was dozens of meters from where the wave was breaking. Today it is practically in the water ”, details Serrano.

Homes on the beach a few meters from the water. Photo Fernando Russian


In the mind of this resident of El Rinconcillo is the performance achieved by the residents of Puente Mayorga beach, belonging to San Roque. “They also saw their beach disappear after some works in the port, but they did apply a lot of pressure and the port authority recognized their mistake and built a submersible dock to solve the matter,” recalls Serrano.

“We ask for these levees, the only long-term solution to save the beach. They have to be placed at strategic points at a certain distance from the coast in order to correct the dynamics of the tides that have been altered by various port works ”, says the spokesperson for Salvemos El Rinconcillo.

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