Enlarge /. The Uber Technologies Inc. logo can be seen on the windshield of a vehicle in New York on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
An Uber driver in New York has died as a result of the corona virus, the New York Post reports.
Anil Subba was a Nepalese immigrant in his forties who lived in Queens. He had a wife and three children.
According to his cousin, Subba picked up a sick passenger from New York's JFK airport in the first week of March. The experience frightened him enough to stop driving for Uber, but it was too late. He developed symptoms of COVID 19 and checked into the hospital about two weeks ago.
His condition worsened and he had to be connected to a ventilator. Subba died two days later, early Tuesday morning.
"I am deeply saddened by this news," said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, in an email statement.
Subba's death shows the precarious situation of the Uber and Lyft drivers. Your job is to transport many people every day, some of whom may be carriers of the coronavirus. As an independent contract partner, you do not receive paid sick days or health insurance cover.
Uber and Lyft have taken some steps to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and the health threat to drivers. Uber and Lyft have both discontinued their carpools Uber Pool and Lyft Line. Uber provides financial support for drivers up to 14 days if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they are quarantined. Uber also says it's about bringing cleaning agents to drivers so they can disinfect their vehicles regularly. However, the company admits that "deliveries are very limited".