WITH seven confirmed cases in Mzansi, coronavirus is starting to cause fear.
Those most concerned include e-hailing taxi drivers, who said they were first to be exposed as they drove tourists from abroad.
The SunTeam yesterday spoke to Uber and Bolt drivers in Rosebank, Joburg. Ntuthuko Kunene (26) has been avoiding picking up clients from OR Tambo International Airport. “I can’t tell who has the virus and who doesn’t.”
He said his company had not communicated with drivers about the virus.
“They should do a workshop with all the drivers,” he said.
Frank Nkosi (39) said it would take more than coronavirus to stop him from picking up passengers at OR Tambo. “If I get worried about picking people up there, I won’t make money.”
Frank said it was tricky, because there was no way of knowing if someone just had a cold or was infected with the virus.
Abdul Rahman (30) said he didn’t see a reason to panic.
“It’s not critical in Mzansi, like in Italy and China but if it gets bad, I’ll consider stopping the taxi business till it gets safe.”
He said he would soon be getting a safety kit with a mask, gloves and hand sanitiser.
An Uber statement said: “We have a dedicated global team guided by public health experts. We are working to help ensure the safety of our employees.”