Designated taxi fleet for COVID patients to stop service from Jan 14

The designated anti-epidemic cabs set up by the government and the taxi industry will cease operation starting Saturday.

The taxi fleet commenced operation in February last year to provide free transport services for COVID patients between their residences and designated clinics or other medical and isolation facilities.

As of Tuesday (Jan 10), the fleet has completed over 370,000 trips, according to the government's spokesman. 

The government said the decision came as community immunity against COVID has reached a very high level due to the increased vaccination rate and the fifth wave of the epidemic, and the isolation orders issued by the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health also allow infected persons to go out for medical consultation.

"After the termination of the designated taxi services, infected persons who travel between the place of isolation and hospitals or clinics for medical consultation should wear a well-fitted surgical mask, a KN95/KF94 mask or a respirator (such as a N95 mask) during the journey," the spokesman said.

He added that patients should avoid using public transport or staying in public areas on the way.