Metro (Lesotho)

Taxi operators take arms against COVID-19

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As different sectors pull out all the stops to intensify the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maseru Region Taxi Operators (MRTO) have also taken a leading role in ensuring the safety of their passengers.

This after Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro announced that effective from Saturday, the country has moved from blue colour code to the purple one due to the escalating infection rates and COVID-19 related deaths.

MRTO Spokespers­on, Lebohang Moea said they will among others ensure that their taxis only carry the stipulated number of passengers.

“This is in adherence to government and other developmen­t partners’ call to always observe COVID-19 protocols.”

Drivers and conductors, he said will ensure that no passengers board their taxis without wearing facial masks, adding that the passengers will also be sanitised before entering public vehicles.

Latest COVID-19 statistics show that out of 1 476 new tests conducted, 108 are positive with no recoveries and no related deaths recorded. Overall tests conducted since the first case was reported are 129 830 with 12 787 positive cases, 6 621 recoveries and 357 deaths.

During the purple colour code, taxis, buses and

4+1 cabs are expected to operate at full capacity with no standing passengers in both taxis and buses.

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