495 cab drivers, delivery executives have tested positive | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: The cab drivers and food delivery executives in the state have borne the brunt of the coronavirus with as many as 495 of them testing positive for Covid-19.
The figures were disclosed in a report of the Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union on Sunday. The organisation, which comprises cab drivers and delivery executives from various organisations, said that so far four deaths have been reported amongst the workers who have been exposing themselves to the virus while being active on duty.
M Kiran Kumar, a 36-year-old cab driver, was among the four people who succumbed to the virus earlier this week. Kumar’s sister, G Surekha said, “My brother has been working as a cab driver for more than a decade. He was the sole bread-winner in the family. There are several people who commute in cabs, and we do not know how and when he was exposed to the virus.”
“We first admitted him in a private hospital but since we could not pay the bills, we had to shift him to TIMS in Gachibowli. Neither the government nor the cab company came forward to help us pay the hospital bills or support us in any way till now,” she said.
“These workers and their family members who are getting exposed to the virus have no health insurance or any kind of financial assistance from the government nor the companies that hired them.
We request the government to advise the app-based companies to provide health insurance and vaccination to these workers and their family members on priority basis,” said Shaik Salauddin, president, Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union.


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