The government’s decision to cave into taxi operators’ demands to carry full loads will substantially increase the risk of transmission of Covid-19, SA’s key agency for training and accrediting public health specialists said on Wednesday.

The College of Public Health Medicine (CPHM) called on the government to review the plans outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address on Sunday night, which permit taxis to carry a full load of passengers for short trips. Regulations detailing the plans have yet to be published, but the president said taxis would only have to reduce their passenger loads to 70% on long commutes...

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