Uber to offer 10 million free rides, deliveries to health care workers, seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Uber to offer 10 million free rides, deliveries to health care workers, seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Uber says it will offer 10 million free rides and deliveries to health care workers, seniors and people in need as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement Tuesday the ride-hailing service is already offering free rides and meals to health care workers in the UK.

"Thank you to the healthcare workers who are saving lives," said Khosrowshahi in a statement. "Thank you to the drivers, delivery people and restaurants who are supporting them. And thank you to all the riders who are doing their part by staying home. Working together, we can stop this virus and help our communities recover."

Uber also encouraged more cities, hospitals and other services to reach out for help with rides or food deliveries.

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Last week, ride-hailing service Lyft said it was exploring government and health care partnerships where drivers could deliver medical supplies, food and other necessary items.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to upend the economy, several companies have stepped up to provide support. Automakers including Ford and GM have started making ventilators, while retailer Gap said it has shifted factory partners to start making personal protective equipment for health care workers.

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Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/03/31/coronavirus-uber-offering-10-million-free-rides-deliveries-health-workers/5097029002/

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