The minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has encouraged taxi drivers and commuters to ensure they wear their masks the correct way to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that taxis, undertaking local trips, will be permitted to increase their capacity to 100% while adhering to safety regulations.
Those undertaking long trips will have to adhere to 70% occupancy.
There are 276 242 confirmed COVID-19 cases – of which around 135 000 have recovered.
Over 4000 people have died from COVID-19-related illnesses.
Dlamini-Zuma was speaking during a virtual media briefing in Pretoria.
“You can’t enter any form of public transport without wearing a mask. So the drivers must make sure everyone who enters their transport has a mask. It’s not only the responsibility of the driver, passengers must also make sure that nobody comes into the taxi without wearing a mask. It must be a collective responsibility to ensure that everyone does wear a mask. If it is not, there are penalties,” explains Dlamini-Zuma.
As of Sunday, South Africa reports 12 058 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 276 242, the total number of deaths is 4 079 and the total number of recoveries is 134 874 which translates to a rate of 48.8%.
With further 108 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, South Africa has breached the 4 000 mark in the number of COVID-19 related death.