Paranoid Chinese Cabbie Wraps Taxi Interior In Plastic

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report


This video shows a cabbie having wrapped the interior of his taxi in a sheet of plastic in a bid to avoid contracting the deadly Wuhan coronavirus from his passengers.

The taxi driver working for Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is still picking up passengers in the city of Baoji, in north-western China’s Shaanxi Province, despite the recent surge in confirmed cases and deaths.

In the video taken by one of his passengers, the cabbie wearing a surgical mask can be seen behind a sheet of plastic separating the front of the vehicle with the back seats.


The seats and even part of his car ceiling can be seen wrapped in plastic, which can be removed daily and disposed of in order to avoid any lingering coronavirus pathogens.

The disease-prevention method is believed to have been done according to new Didi guidelines.

In the video, the cabbie explains the new policy: “This is a safety cabin mandated by Didi.

“We appreciate your understanding. These are special times.

“This is to protect you and me.”

The Wuhan coronavirus has spread to every corner of China, killing more than 1,000 people as the global death toll reaches 1,016.

Only two of those confirmed to have been killed by the pneumonia-like disease were outside of mainland China, where more than 40,000 are also infected.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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