Preventing coronavirus: Taxi-moto operators to remove helmet screens, passengers advised on carrying head-neck scurfs

By IGIHE
On 17 March 2020 at 12:04

Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Authority (RURA) has urged taxi-moto operators to remove helmet screens to prevent spread of coronavirus. Passengers are also requested to carry a piece of cloth to cover their heads and neck to avoid all skin contact with the helmets.

RURA urged the public to avoid all unnecessary travels and if not possible to clean their hands every time they onboard a motorcycle.

Lt. Col Patrick Nyirishema, RURA Director General called upon all taxi-moto drivers cooperatives to avail soap and clean water at park stations as a cautionary measure against COVID-19. The measures are set to start being implemented starting today, March 17th, 2020.

RURA announced the new preventive measures after the Ministry of Health announced that the number of coronavirus cases has reached 7 in Rwanda.

The ministry of health advises Rwandans to keep observing preventive measures to counter further spread of the virus and to call the toll-free number 114 to report any symptoms.

COVID-19 spreads through direct contact with the infected person, sneezing and coughing. To prevent the spread of the virus, regular hand washing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or clean water and soap is advised, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoiding large gatherings. In addition, it is important to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Rwanda has taken various preventive measures to counter the spread of the virus including closing all public, private schools, and higher education institutions, prohibiting mass gatherings and postponing social events.

RURA urged the public to avoid all unnecessary travels and if not possible to clean their hands every time they onboard a motorcycle.

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