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Uber To Provide Financial Assistance To Drivers With Coronavirus

Top ride-hailing service provider, Uber says that the company will be offering financial assistance to their drivery and delivery people that contact the rampant coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. This move is under a plan by the American company to help minimise the spread of the virus that currently plagues about 170,238 people in the world and that has led to roughly 6,2526 deaths at the time of filing this report.

Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi has assured the public that Uber has been working closely with the World Health Organization and other health authorities in other countries to get cautionary and preventive measures that can be employed in safeguarding both the Uber drivers and users.

On some measures that the ride-hailing service has taken in Nigeria, Mr.Khosrowshashi had this to say: “Any driver or delivery person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is individually asked to self-isolate by a public health authority will receive financial assistance for up to 14 days while their account is on hold. We’ve already helped drivers in some affected areas, and we’re working to quickly implement this worldwide.”

In a blog post published on Sunday, the 16th of March, Uber said that it will be requiring the following documents to provide financial assistance to affected drivers:
Documentation from a licensed medical provider or public health authority with a diagnosis of COVID-19; or
An order by a licensed medical provider or public health authority requiring you to self-isolate.
Uber further said that they “..temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19.”.
It further announced that the company is helping to keep cars clean by providing its drivers with disinfectants.

Uber is a ride-hailing service that employs technology to connect intending riders with drivers that are close to their location. It is a service that has become especially popular in Lagos and other urban cities in Nigeria.

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