- Passengers travelling in a taxi were stopped at the Kei River Bridge and after being assessed for coronavirus symptoms, one woman was locked in an office
- Apparently there were no other facilities available at the roadblock and provincial traffic department officials had to detain her until hospital staff arrived
- The Kei Bridge roadblock had been set up to limit the movement of people amid lockdown restrictions
On Thursday evening, a woman was locked in a provincial traffic department office after the taxi she was driving in was stopped at a roadblock. According to the police, the woman showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
Butterworth Hospital officials were called out to the Kei Bridge area where the roadblock had been implemented.
Briefly.co.za learned that the office the woman had been locked in was the same office they used to measure her and other passengers' temperatures.
Dispatch Live reported that an officer at the scene said that the woman "appeared very sick". The other passengers on the taxi were allowed to continue on their journey.
“The woman had all the symptoms of a person who is affected by this Covid-19 and now the worry is that we have other passengers who were travelling with her. Their destination and their phone numbers and addresses were not taken. Despite them not showing signs, we are just worried,” said the officer.
There were no suitable holding cells or facilities, the officers had no choice but to use the office.
“We had no choice but to lock her and isolate her until these health officials arrive. The table that was used by officials had to be left out in the open as well.”
Police officers and nurses manned the roadblock and turned anyone away who did not have a permit. This resulted in some people walking across the bridge to reach their destinations.
“If we were not screening the travellers, the woman would have not been found. Also, children are not allowed to travel and those who are doing so are turned back,” said another officer working at the roadblock.
“Taxis are a problem for many of us. They are travelling without permits and they pick up people who are hiking on the side of the road. This is dangerous, people should listen.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za has reported that Google has launched a new website that shows whether or not people are taking social distancing rules seriously or not.
The report is expected to cover six categories including parks, stories and homes and will show data of change over several weeks.
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