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China’s Didi sets $10 million fund for drivers who test positive for coronavirus – Source Reuters Tech News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing told Reuters on Thursday that it had created a $10 million fund to support drivers and couriers diagnosed with the coronavirus as companies worldwide grapple with how to respond to the pandemic.

The logo of Didi Chuxing is seen at a Didi station in Beijing, China January 2, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

The fund will support Didi’s drivers and couriers in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan and Mexico, following similar steps in the company’s home market of China.

As cases of the virus soar worldwide, companies in the so-called gig-economy have come under pressure to look after people who work on their platforms and are typically classified as independent contractors, lacking sick leave and other benefits.

“The health of partners and passengers is our top priority and we hope this fund will help support them and protect the safety of this platform,” Didi President Jean Liu said in a…

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