Uber suspends shared rides to limit coronavirus spread, report says


You won’t be able to pool your Uber ride in the US or Canada, a report said.

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Uber suspended shared rides in the US and Canada on Tuesday, in an attempt to limit the coronavirus‘ spread, Reuters reported. If you use the app in either country, the pooling option is no longer available.

The ridesharing company is trying to help flatten the curve in those regions, a spokesperson told Reuters and is considering similar steps elsewhere. Regular rides and food delivery platform Uber Eats — which waived delivery fees to help local restaurants get through the outbreak — remain available, the news-gathering service noted.

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Last week, the company said it could temporarily suspend the accounts of any riders or drivers who’ve contracted or been exposed to the coronavirus. It did so with around 240 accounts in Mexico after those riders had contact with two drivers who may have been exposed to the virus.

The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as COVID-19, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. As of Tuesday, it had infected more than 180,000 people and caused more than 7,100 deaths globally. 

Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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