Uber, the American multinational ride-hailing company has recently announced on its official site that it will temporarily suspend the accounts of drivers, delivery people and riders diagnosed with Covid-19.
At the same time, it has also offered financial assistance to help them recover. However, the exact amount has not been revealed yet. Uber has also decided to block the account of those having to self-isolate for 14 days.
“We’ve already helped drivers in some affected areas, and we’re working to quickly implement this worldwide,” Uber says.
The decision came as a precaution to coronavirus the deadly disease that has spread to more than 10,000 people in Italy, more than 1,000 in the US, 456 in the UK, 130,307 cases and 4,756 deaths in China.
“[W]e may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19,” Uber posted on its corporate website. “We’re also consulting with an epidemiologist to make sure our efforts as a company are grounded in medical advice.”
“Uber last month suspended 240 customer accounts in Mexico because of the coronavirus. And last week, an Uber driver in Queens, New York, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized. His account has been suspended”, Uber informed CBS MoneyWatch in an interview.
Due to the ongoing Corona epidemic, Uber share has dropped drastically.