Uber could temporarily suspend the accounts of any riders or drivers who've contracted or been exposed to the , the company said Wednesday. It also has a team dedicated to helping public health authorities in their response.
Thecompany is giving drivers and delivery people who get sick 14 days of financial assistance while their account is on hold -- echoing the approach taken by .
"We're also consulting with an epidemiologist to make sure our efforts as a company are grounded in medical advice," Uber said in its coronavirus policy.
Public health authorities can share information with Uber's global Law Enforcement Response Team through its online portal, the company said in an emailed statement.
In February, the companyin Mexico after discovering that two of its drivers there had transported someone who was identified as a possible coronavirus carrier. The drivers' accounts were suspended, along with those of the passengers who'd come into contact with them.
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into an illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December. It has now infected and caused more than 4,300 deaths globally.