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MEXICO CITY, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Uber shared transport firm has suspended 240 consumer accounts in Mexico City who would have been in contact with two chauffeurs reported to transport a suspect carrying the new coronavirus, the corporate stated Saturday. .

So far, Mexico has not confirmed constructive instances of the outbreak in its territory, however has reported 9 suspicious instances – two of them in the capital – which have been lastly dominated out after a number of exams. In China, the epidemic has left greater than 250 lifeless and hundreds contaminated.

“On Friday, January 31, we heard from the Ministry of Health of Mexico City … about a user identified as a possible carrier of the coronavirus,” Uber Mexico stated in a press release.

The agency defined that two drivers probably took the suspect and 240 customers have been in contact with these drivers so “we have proceeded to send information to these two drivers and the 240 users regarding the temporary deactivation of their accounts.”

The firm urged customers to contact well being authorities ought to they require details about the an infection or present signs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared an “international health emergency” for the outbreak, which started in Wuhan, capital of the Chinese province Hubei.

The virus, which originated on the finish of final 12 months in a Wuhan market that illegally offered wild animals, has unfold to different cities, together with Beijing and Shanghai, in addition to to nearly 20 nations, such because the United States, France and Japan. However, it has not left the lifeless exterior of China.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which additionally got here from China, killed some 800 folks and price the worldwide economic system an estimated 33,000 million {dollars}, or 0.1% of the world’s GDP, in 2003. Large firms and Airlines have already suspended their operations in China and a few nations have restricted the entry of those that have just lately been to the Asian nation.

(Report by Diego Oré; Edited by Ricardo Figueroa)

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