Coronavirus: Dubai buses and taxis set to transport recovered Covid-19 patients

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has provided 55 taxis and buses to support the fight against coronavirus

The Roads and Transport Authority is supporting Dubai's efforts to combat Covid-19. Courtesy: RTA
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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority is providing a fleet of buses and taxis to ensure a safe trip home for recovered Covid-19 patients.

Officials have set aside 40 taxis and 15 buses to be used exclusively for the transport of those discharged from hospital after being given the all-clear and others who require tests after coming in contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

The vehicles will transport discharged patients to their homes as well as taking people to and from Dubai International Airport as and when required.

The authority launched the initiative in partnership with Dubai Health Authority to support the emirate's efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus.

A dedicated field team is tasked to oversee the management of these buses to safeguard against the spread of the virus.

Officials said they have taken measures to ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.

Buses are being sterilised after each journey and Dubai's sanitisation team is also operating at pick-up points.

Consideration has also been given to the need to observe physical distancing on board, while each vehicle being disinfected at the end of each day.