(Reuters) -Uber technologies on Tuesday commenced postponing shared rides on its journey-hailing platform within the u.S.A.

. And Canada to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The pooled option, which lets in riders to book trips at lower costs by means of sharing the auto with up to 3 different passengers touring within the same direction, has been disabled for users opening the apps inside the two countries.

“Our purpose is to help flatten the curve on network spread inside the cities we serve,” senior vice president Uber Rides and Platform Andrew Macdonald said in a assertion.

A spokesman said comparable steps outdoor the united states and Canada might be evaluated on a case-by way of-case foundation.

Everyday rides and the employer’s meals delivery platform Uber Eats remain to be had, but Uber stated it was in touch with local government to modify operations as wished.

North the united states offers the bulk of Uber’s revenue, however pooled rides make up handiest a small proportion of all bookings, facts through US towns confirmed.

Lyft Inc, Uber’s smaller North American competitor, on Monday did not respond to a request for comment on its shared rides policy.

The breathing virus has spread quickly for the duration of the us, killing at the least 83 people as of Monday and infecting greater than 4,600 americans.

The White residence on Monday advised human beings to keep away from gatherings of greater than 10 human beings and called for final bars, restaurants and other venues in states wherein local virus transmission exists. A few country and local government independently imposed mandatory restrictions on the ones locations.

Beginning on Tuesday, Uber users inside the US and Canada may even see a message reminding them to consider if the experience they plan to e-book is essential and to “tour only while important,” pics supplied via Uber confirmed.

Riders also are being requested to take into account the safety in their drivers by way of washing their fingers before and after a trip, sitting within the returned seat and rolling down the window to enhance air flow.

Uber has previously stated it'll compensate drivers and transport humans recognized with coronavirus or located in quarantine through health officials for up to fourteen days.