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COVID-19: Drivers Of Taxi, Minibuses Now In Quarantine

Dr Fong acknowledged the two drivers for their act of patriotism and high responsibility that would have saved lives.
22 Apr 2021 09:21
COVID-19: Drivers Of Taxi, Minibuses Now In Quarantine

The drivers of the grey taxi and two minibuses that the 53-year-old maid and her daughter had boarded in Lautoka produced themselves to officials of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday, and are now under quarantine.

Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said the three came forward after the descriptions of their vehicles and the times of the travel were announced on Wednesday.

However, the Ministry was still looking for the driver and passengers of a public minibus that transported the hotel staff and another family member from Lautoka Minibus Stand to Kerebula in Nadi at around 5pm on Saturday April 17.

Dr Fong acknowledged the two drivers for their act of patriotism and high responsibility that would have saved lives.

“They came forward knowing they may have contracted the virus, and they did so because they care about their health, the health of those they love, and the health of their fellow Fijians,” he said.

“I want to say how grateful we are that they came forward and that they were honest with us. They all committed acts of patriotism, high responsibility, and of courage, that could very well save lives.

“Let their example be the benchmark for the level of co-operation we need from the public. My teams are tried and tested. “

He added that the two would be tested for the virus while in quarantine.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Taxi Association secretary, Deepak Kumar, said quick action by taxi drivers in Lautoka helped locate the grey taxi.

“We all got the news from the beginning that it was a grey taxi so we just tried to figure out the taxis that travel often along that route from Tavakubu, but the grey taxi was based within Lautoka,” he said.

Association president Mr Singh said they had informed all drivers nationwide to wear masks, not to take any jobs to high risk areas and to always use hand sanitisers after receiving fares from customers.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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