Uber joins fight in Mex­ico

The Citizen (KZN) - - Coronaviru­s -

Mex­ico City – Uber has sus­pended the ac­counts of 240 users in Mex­ico who may have been in con­tact with driv­ers that fer­ried a per­son sus­pected of hav­ing the deadly coro­n­avirus.

More than 300 peo­ple have died from the novel coro­n­avirus in main­land China and al­though more than 100 peo­ple have been in­fected out­side the coun­try, Mex­ico has not re­ported a con­firmed case.

The ride-hail­ing app said Mex­ico City health au­thor­i­ties re­quested in­for­ma­tion in Jan­uary on a pos­si­ble car­rier of coro­n­avirus, with Uber find­ing two driv­ers who trans­ported the sus­pected in­di­vid­ual be­fore driv­ing a fur­ther 240 peo­ple.

“We have pro­ceeded to send in­for­ma­tion to these two driv­ers and the 240 users re­gard­ing the tem­po­rary de­ac­ti­va­tion of their ac­counts,” the com­pany said in a state­ment posted on Twit­ter.

Mex­ico’s min­istry of health said it con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor peo­ple who may have had con­tact with the pos­si­ble coro­n­avirus car­rier – iden­ti­fied as a tourist of Chi­nese ori­gin – who sub­se­quently left the coun­try.

Of the con­tacts iden­ti­fied so far, none have de­vel­oped symp­toms of the disease more than 10 days af­ter ex­po­sure. – AFP

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