- Uber has taken steps to suspend drivers and riders who have been infected with the coronavirus
- The company stated that such people would either be quarantined or compensated
- Uber is also working with public health authorities in order to help deal with the epidemic
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Uber Technologies Inc. has indicated that plans are in place to suspend drivers and riders who test positive for the coronavirus.
The measure also applies to drivers and riders who have been exposed to the virus in the course of their work.
Uber stated that either compensation would be given to drivers and delivery people or they would be placed in quarantine for 14 days.
Per a report by Reuters, Uber is yet to respond to a request for comments on the news.
The company has meanwhile begun taking action in some affected markets and has a team working day and night to support the work of public health employees.
Financialpost.com reports that there are plans to extend the medical activities worldwide.
Meanwhile, Google LLC has announced that it has banned all adverts for medical face masks in the wake of the global spread of the coronavirus.
This follows a previous policy that prohibits content that is designed to profit off the epidemic. On Friday, March 6, 2020, Facebook stated that it has temporarily banned adverts and commercial listings that promote or sell medical face masks.
Per a report by CNBC, a spokesperson from Google indicated via mail that the company is actively monitoring the situation.
It added that measures would be implemented if it becomes necessary to protect users. The statement further revealed that the ban only applies to face masks for now and as such other products such as hazmat suits and sanitizers could be promoted.
Google’s decision stems from the fact that some people are spreading misinformation about the coronavirus on its platforms.
At present, the coronavirus has led to the deaths of over 4000 people and has infected over 100,000 people around the world.
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