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Ride hailing major Uber India on Friday said it would offer free rides to healthcare workers and government officials of Greater Chennai Corporation engaged in Covid-19 related work under its UberMedic Service.

The free rides worth 25 lakh was part of Uber's global commitment to offer 10 million free rides.

Uber said it was already transporting frontline medical workers in over 35 hospitals across 23 cities under the UberMedic. "Greater Chennai Corporation has been working tirelessly to contain the spread of Covid-19 across Chennai. We feel privileged to be supporting them in these challenging times," Uber India and South Asia, operations and head (cities), Director, Prabhjeet Singh said.

(Also read: Uber offers free rides worth 75 lakh to Delhi govt for healthcare workers)

To ensure hygiene while transporting, the drivers of UberMedic were trained in safety procedures and also provided with personal protective equipment and disinfectants, it said.

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