- China's version of Uber, known as DiDi Chuxing, has implemented protective mechanisms in the wake of the spread of the coronavirus
- Protective sheets, as well as face masks, have been given to drivers in a bid to reduce chances of the spread of the virus
- DiDi's 1,300 drivers have been tasked to transport hospital staff in Wuhan and four other cities have been provided with special fleets of vehicles
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Chinese ride-hailing app DiDi Chuxing, has installed protective sheets in vehicles, YEN.com.gh has learned.
The service has also given masks to drivers in a bid to prevent a coronavirus infection.
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has so far claimed over 2000 lives in the country.
Per a report by Business Insider, over 75,000 people have so far been infected in China.
Experts have theorized that it could become a permanent virus that affects humans, such as seasonal flu.
Didi, of which American transport service, Uber, owns 15%, was valued at $62 billion as at July 2019.
The company has declared its intention to invest over $14 million to fight the virus.
It has also assembled a fleet of over 1300 drivers to transport hospital staff in Wuhan.
DiDi has also mobilized special fleets in four other cities and transports over 17,000 medical workers.
In other news, international rating agency, Fitch, has indicated that the economies of eight African countries will be negatively affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Fitch listed the countries as Ghana, Angola, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria.
According to the agency, the coronavirus will have a downside risk for a number of sub-Saharan countries including those listed above.
Per a report by Business Insider, the risks are associated with the short-term growth outlook due to the outbreak of the virus in China.
Aljazeera.com reports that the Chinese Health Commission announced the death toll in mainland China was estimated to be 1,770 as of Sunday, February 16, 2020.
The spread of the virus has created economic chaos in China as 88 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, are on partial or complete lockdown.
Fitch has subsequently revised its forecast for China’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2020 downwards, from 5.9% to 5.6%. Sub-Saharan countries that export goods to China are expected to be the hardest hit.
Ghana reportedly exported about 12% of its commodities to the Chinese market in 2018, making it one of the top five sub-Saharan African countries to do so; the four others are Angola, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia.
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