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Sipho Sethu

Many essential workers who travel using public transport have expressed their concern about the possible spread of Covid_19 in taxis and buses.
To prevent the spread of Covid_19, the Gauteng’s roads and transport department has rolled out a pilot project at taxi ranks which includes installing walk-in sanitisation tunnels and ongoing deep cleaning.
Nthabiseng Mofokeng of Pimville Soweto travels to Randburg by taxi from Baragwanath taxi rank every morning to be at work by 8 AM.
 Her biggest worry has been contracting the virus and passing it onto her three-year-old daughter Kutlwano. 
 “I’m a little bit relieved because they installed the sanitising booths. Traveling by taxi is not safe anymore because people do not practice social distancing. They have cut down the numbers of people in the taxi but anyone can have the virus, it does not have a face,” she says. 
With the walk-in sanitisers, Nthabiseng says she feels safer
 “I know I am protected by my mask and being sanitised means I am also protecting those I work with,” she adds.
Since this article was written, South Africa has recorded 10 015 Coronavirus cases, 194 deaths, and 4173 recoveries. 

VIDEO: Taxi commuters use walk-in sanitazation tunnel at Bara Taxi Rank, Soweto. The pilot project is meant to stop the spread of #COVID19SA. pic.twitter.com/lhslX2CcOm

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