Ride sharing companies Uber and Ola have decided to suspend their services temporarily in 75 affected districts under lockdown by government in order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
Uber sent an email to its riders saying, “In compliance with the government guidelines, we are temporarily suspending all Uber services in your city. This means that Uber rides services will not be available until further notice. We don’t take such measures lightly, and we ask that you please follow the instructions of the public health authorities.”
Responding to an inquiry, Ola said, “Ola will continue to encourage citizens to limit travel only for essential emergency needs as per the Government’s directive. We will enable a minimal network of vehicles to support essential services in cities, wherever applicable, as part of this national effort to reduce the contagion of COVID-19.”
The death toll due to COVID-19 has reached eight with the number of affected cases nearing 500. Following the citizens’ positive response towards Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s Janta Curfew on Sunday, the government has decided to impose lockdown in 75 affected areas in the country.