Uber suspended shared rides in the US and Canada on Tuesday, in an attempt to limit the ‘ spread, Reuters reported. If you use the app in either country, the pooling option is no longer available.
Thecompany is trying to help in those regions, a spokesperson told Reuters, and it’s considering similar steps elsewhere. Regular rides and the food delivery platform Uber Eats — which to help local restaurants get through the outbreak — remain available, the news-gathering service noted.
Last week, Uber said it couldthe accounts of any riders or drivers who’ve contracted or been exposed to the coronavirus. It did so with after 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, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. As of Tuesday, it had infected and caused more than 7,100 deaths globally.
Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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