Uber might block drivers and passengers from using the ride-hailing service if they’ve caught the coronavirus disease or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. “[W]e may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19,” Uber said in a post on the company’s corporate site.Uber last month suspended 240 customer accounts in Mexico because of the coronavirus. And last week, an Uber driver in Queens, New York, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized. His account has been suspended, the company told CBS MoneyWatch. Under its new coronavirus policy, Uber pledged to offer financial assistance to any driver diagnosed with COVID-19 or who is asked by health authorities to isolate themselves because of possible exposure to the virus. The company did not specify how much money sick drivers will receive. Uber has nearly 4 million drivers, who operate as independent contractors rather than employees.Uber is providing disinfectant to drivers and allowing customers to arrange drop-off service and locations for their food via Uber Eats. Uber has also hired an epidemiologist for further advice.  Traveling amid coronavirus: What you should know Uber’s direct competitor, Lyft, has also said it

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