Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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20 Jul 2020
5:00 am

Taxi commuters are most at risk of contracting Covid-19, warns nursing union

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

A recent report by the National Compensation Fund showed that women and, particularly nurses, were the most affected workers by Covid-19.

Taxi commuter Belinda Banks speaks to The Citizen at Bree Taxi rank in Johannesburg, 29 June 2020. All commuters are required to wear masks as well as sanitise their hands when in the taxi. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Poor communities where the Covid-19 pandemic was relatively under control could be the new hotspots in a few weeks, warns nursing union Denosa. This as a result of government’s decision to allow taxis to operate at full capacity rather than the previous 70% cap following pressure from the industry. The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) promised over the weekend to bear the burden of ensuring all taxis complied with safety protocols, including ensuring sufficient ventilation. But in cold weather, taxi combis with a capacity of 15 passengers could be observed on Johannesburg roads with the windows fully closed. It...