Coronavirus: Uber suspends 240 users accounts over possible virus contact

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

Uber has temporarily suspended 240 user accounts in Mexico as a precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Quite a few main tech corporations have positioned restrictions on their staff' journey in current weeks because the virus has unfold inside mainland China and past.

Mexico City's Health Ministry confirmed that an Uber driver had carried a passenger from Los Angeles who was possibly infected with the coronavirus. "We will take action on any user account on the recommendation of those authorities".

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Uber is freezing the accounts of 240 users in Mexico as a precaution after flagging that two drivers made journeys with a passenger who was identified as being "a possible carrier of the coronavirus".

"We have a dedicated online portal for public health authorities to contact Uber for information on passengers and drivers", an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement sent via email.

Uber's statement came as a reply to a user who posted on Twitter a notification of the suspension of their account.

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.

U.S. authorities then notified Mexico about the suspected coronavirus carrier about a week later. Uber is not the one main tech firm to have acted within the wake of the coronavirus. We directed them to contact the public health authorities for further information.

Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple have all placed sharp restrictions on their own employees' travel to mainland China.

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus global outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern as the death toll from the life-threating virus has soared to 304 and the infection cases have alarmingly spiked to 14, 370.

The new coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, sprung from Wuhan, China, and has since infected people in more than 20 countries, including at least two cases in the United Kingdom and eleven in the United States.

Axel Springer, Insider Inc.'s parent company, is an investor in Uber.

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