(Yicai Global) June 24 -- After a courier with food delivery platform Ele.me was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the meal ordering and delivery unit of China’s lifestyle platform Meituan Dianping announced that since June 18 more than 40,000 of its food deliverers in Beijing have undergone nucleic acid tests, and reported no abnormal situation as of 7 p.m., yesterday, adding that relevant tests are still in progress.
Adhering to Beijing’s arrangements for the prevention and control of Covid-19, Meituan Dianping’s food delivery arm has already suspended all orders for couriers, who went to high-risk areas in the city for delivery, and arranged nucleic acid tests and 14-day home quarantine for them, Beijing Daily reported today.
Meituan now also requires its staff to implement contact-free delivery for all orders in Beijing, and has strengthened the deployment of smart food-storage cabinets in crowded workplaces, office buildings and other regions, to minimize the chances of body contact.
The platform’s users can also check the temperature of employees working at food-producing merchants as well as other health-related information via its application. And its users in Beijing will gradually be able to check the progress on nucleic acid tests of merchants and couriers through the app within one week.
A 47-year-old courier working for Alibaba-backed food delivery platform Ele.me was confirmed with Covid-19 infection yesterday, and he had completed daily delivery of around 50 orders over the past half month. Ele.me said today that the platform will not fire the courier and has also granted him special protection insurance during his treatment.
Editor: Peter Thomas