Ride-hailing app DiDi provides free transport for medical staff in China’s Coronavirus hit city

Didi Chuxing (“DiDi”) and its driver-partners have started serving the city of Wuhan through two special fleets, after the city halted normal public transit and ride-hailing services on 24 January in response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

Upon consultation with the local authorities and medical staff of a number of hospitals in the past 24 hours, a special fleet of DiDi drivers equipped with protection gear and regularly disinfected vehicles now offer around the clock free transportation to all hospital staff in Wuhan. 

DiDi also put at the disposal of local authorities and neighborhood committees a community service fleet supported by 1,336 ride-hailing volunteer drivers. Earlier, authorities announced plans to assemble a taxi fleet of 6,000 to serve Wuhan citizens’ mobility needs.

DiDi and volunteer drivers start serving the city of Wuhan in special fleets for free

DiDi have committed to help curb the spread of the virus, while ensuring the health and safety of drivers and partners. DiDi added it is deeply grateful to all the medical workers and driver-partners who join this fight on the frontline.

Since last week, DiDi has been distributing face masks and disinfectants to drivers across China. All DiDi drivers and passengers are urged to wear a mask, and drivers are required to disinfect and ventilate their vehicles regularly. 

Image credit: DiDi

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