Uber to provide drivers tens of millions of face masks to battle coronavirus


(Information) – Uber Applied sciences Inc (UBER.N) on Thursday mentioned it plans to ship tens of millions of face masks to its energetic drivers and meals supply individuals around the globe to assist stop the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

FILE PHOTO: Uber and Lyft driver Adama Fofana, who says he and different drivers he is aware of have “concern of their stomachs” about contracting the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) whereas working, however can not minimize their hours as a result of they want the revenue to outlive, sprays disinfectant in his automotive in New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., March 9, 2020. Image taken March 9, 2020. Information/Joe Penney

The ride-hailing firm’s vp of security and insurance coverage, Gus Fuldner, in an organization weblog put up additionally mentioned Uber plans to ship almost half 1,000,000 face masks to U.S. drivers situated within the cities hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The preliminary face masks order will come from a Chinese language firm that usually manufactures electronics and now produces ear-loop masks. However Uber shall be sourcing face masks from all around the world as a long-term dedication, an Uber spokesman mentioned.

Uber mentioned it had shipped its first order of masks to drivers in New York Metropolis, the U.S. metropolis with the very best variety of infections of COVID-19, the respiratory sickness brought on by the coronavirus.

“We’ve ordered tens of tens of millions extra masks and anticipate them to reach in different cities and areas around the globe within the coming weeks,” the corporate’s weblog put up mentioned, including that provides have been restricted with healthcare wants taking a precedence.

Experience-hailing demand has grinded to a halt in most U.S. cities, with a majority of Individuals now underneath some type of lockdown. However Uber mentioned it has seen a major enhance in restaurant meals deliveries throughout the pandemic.

Uber on Thursday mentioned it was sourcing the masks from outdoors the standard provide chain and was donating N95 medical-grade masks saved in places of work to native hospitals.

The U.S. authorities has really useful Individuals put on material face coverings on a voluntary foundation to stem the unfold of the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has contaminated 1.four million individuals and killed 85,000 worldwide, based on diplomats and specialists. U.S. deaths topped 15,700 on Thursday, based on a Information tally.

Uber earlier this month mentioned it could start transport disinfecting automotive spray for gratis to its drivers in america.

Reporting by Tina Bellon in New York; Enhancing by Paul Simao