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17 people arrested for assaulting bus driver demanding face mask use

13일부터 마스크 의무화안 쓰면 '10만 원' 과태료 광주·전남, 마스크 미착용 17건 형사입건


17 people arrested for assaulting bus driver demanding face mask use


Starting in May, the government tightened rules by mandating face masks on all buses, taxis, and subways, and allowing drivers to refuse passengers without masks.


However, while the pandemic shows no sign of letting up, drivers also face threats from uncooperative passengers who refuse to wear masks. In some cases, fights have developed into more serious cases.


From May to October, 17 people were arrested for physically assaulting a bus or taxi driver who demanded the rider wear a face mask to ride the bus or taxi


Similar cases have been reported across the region


In fact, police said that around 145 cases of fights between drivers and passengers have been reported since face masks became mandatory on public transportation.


Meanwhile, South Korea will impose a fine on people who fail to wear face masks in public spaces and on transportation starting Nov. 13 to better combat the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.


The general public will be required to wear masks on public transportation and at demonstrations as well as medical and care facilities, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

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