New Delhi: In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic that has affected more than 116,558 people and killed at least 4,000, taxi-service major Uber is considering to “temporarily suspend” accounts of drivers and riders who have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, in order to battle out the rapid spread of the deadly virus. Also Read - Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Telangana Govt Announces 75% Salary Cut For Employees

“We have a team available 24/7 to support public health authorities in their response to the epidemic. Working with them, we may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19,” Uber said in a precautionary statement in the wake of coronavirus epidemic. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments

The company also said that it will be consulting with an epidemiologist to make sure that their efforts “are grounded in medical advice”. Also Read - Fact Check: No, Financial Year Has Not Been Extended by 3 Months

Earlier on Saturday, Uber had also stated that it would offer compensation to drivers and delivery people if they are diagnosed with coronavirus or placed in a quarantine ward for up to 14 days.

Notably, in India, the count currently stands at 61 after fresh cases were reported Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.