Police orders taxis to carry 9 passengers instead of 14, meaning two passengers per seat after Uganda confirms new coronavirus cases
Following the increasing cases of the deadly Coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Uganda, Police has imposed strict guidelines for public transport like taxis and buses.
According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, taxis must only carry two passengers per seat.
Enanga said that this is aimed to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus disease COVID-19 and as a result, they will ensure traffic officers enforce them.
“Taxis must carry only two passengers per seat. The Inspector-General of Police gave these orders traffic officers must enforce them,” Enanga said in a statement.
This means that taxis will now only carry nine instead of 14 passengers whereas buses will carry 59 passengers.
The new directive might lead to an increase in taxi fares as taxi operators will be desiring to see that they yield their profits amidst empty seats.
For a day now, taxi and bus operators have taken it upon themselves to ensure all passengers wash and clean their hands before entering taxis in addition to disinfecting their vehicles.
On Sunday, 22nd, Museveni advised Ugandans to do away with public transport because it is one avenue that would spark the spread of coronavirus in case a sick person is among those using public means including taxis and buses.
Museveni who was addressing the nation after it’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 said that he had thoughts about putting a ban on public transport use but a large number of the population in Uganda either use taxis or buses to access their destination.
“If you don’t have your private means of transport, don’t use public transport. Stay at home. I don’t want to ban them but I am trying to discourage you (citizens) from using them.
“In public transport, people sit together on a bus or taxi. I appeal to you that if you have no private transport, stay home and postpone that business because it can wait,” Museveni said on Sunday afternoon.
COVID – 19 updates in Uganda
As of today, total cases of the deadly coronavirus in Uganda have risen to nine in only a space of three days.
Eight new cases of the were confirmed on Monday, 23, to add to the one case that was confirmed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday last week.
While addressing a presser yesterday at the MOH offices in Wandegeya, health minister Jane Ruth Aceng said 35 samples were checked and out of these 8 tested positive of the virus.
All the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai on March 20th and March 22nd.