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.
The ridesharing company is trying to helpin those regions, a spokesperson told Reuters and is considering similar steps elsewhere. Regular rides and food delivery platform Uber Eats — which to help local restaurants get through the outbreak — remain available, the news-gathering service noted.
Last week, the company said it couldthe accounts of any riders or drivers who’ve contracted or been exposed to the coronavirus. It did so with 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, 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.