Uber Lays Off Nearly 15% of Workforce Due to Coronavirus

Uber has been forced to lay off nearly 15 percent of its workforce due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the ride-sharing company announced its plans to lay off 3,700 of its nearly 27,000 employees.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the lay offs will cost Uber $20 million in severance and termination benefits.

“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support employees,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement. “Since we don’t know how long a recovery will take, we are taking steps to bring our costs in line with the size of our business today.

“This was a tough decision, but it is the right one to help protect the company’s long-term health and ensure we come out of this crisis stronger.”


The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 69,700 deaths in the United States and more than 1 million confirmed cases — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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