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Uber to pay compensation to drivers infected with COVID-19

03/09/2020 - 04:00

Uber will pay compensation to those taxi drivers and couriers who have been infected with the new coronavirus, CNN reported citing the company’s senior vice president Andrew MacDonald.

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“We support drivers and couriers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or who are quarantined by health authorities. Drivers and couriers who find themselves in these situations will receive compensation for up to 14 days,” the channel quoted MacDonald as saying.

Uber is a road transport service that allows ordering a private taxi. The company was established in 2009, its headquarters is located in San Francisco. Today, Uber services are available in more than 100 cities around the world. The company receives a commission from taxi drivers in the amount of 20% of each call.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province). Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease; the new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and officially named the virus COVID-19.