Uber is stepping up its response to the new coronavirus outbreak, with the company pledging 10 million free rides and meals for health care workers, the elderly and others affected by the outbreak,media reported. Uber is understood to have offered free rides and meals to NHS staff fighting the virus in the UK.
Now it is looking to expand the service globally. Uber says any organization, health care provider or government entity is eligible for their new services. A spokesman said the company was already in talks with local food storage warehouses about free rides and delivery services.
Hospitals, clinics, centers for the elderly, and other places interested in giving employees free rides or meals can email email@example.com.
The news comes as Uber’s passenger numbers have plummeted in the latest viral epidemic. The company’s total bookings in Seattle are reported to have fallen by 60 to 70 per cent, while it has seen similar declines in other major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
In addition, Uber is providing financial assistance to drivers infected with the new corona virus or whose accounts have been suspended or told by public health officials to be quarantined.