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fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Monday that there would be random screening of passengers for the Covid-19 virus at all taxi ranks and train stations.  

This was after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday declared a national state of disaster and announced sweeping measures to contain the spread of the virus.  Various ministers on Monday addressed the media following the president’s announcement to give further details on the government’s plan to try to contain the virus.  Large numbers of South Africans are forced to use public transport to get around.  Mbalula said he would engage with the transport sector and issue instructions and consolidate plans.  He indicated that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would sanitise all its trains and called on all taxi operators to also do the same with their vehicles.  “The social distancing will affect us in terms of taxis … random testing will be applied in all the taxi ranks and all the trains but equally taxis will also be expected to undergo sanitisation,” Mbalula stated.  He later clarified that he had meant screening and not testing.

  • Read the original of the above report by Genevieve Quintal at BusinessLive

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