Ride-hailing firms Grab and GoViet on April 2 suspended their ride-hailing motorbike services in Hanoi City for two weeks to fight the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
A representative of Grab told the Vietnam News Agency that to strictly follow the directives of the prime minister and the chairman of Hanoi City and to guarantee partners drivers’ and customers’ safety, the firm decided to stop the operation of the GrabBike service until April 15.
Meanwhile, the GrabBike service remains in operation in other provinces and cities nationwide.
Its food delivery service, GrabFood, is still operating in the nation’s provinces and cities, except for Danang City, while GrabMart, a service helping people at home to buy items and products at convenience stores and supermarkets, has been launched in HCMC to serve the city’s residents during the fight against the coronavirus, and goods delivery service GrabExpress is still in operation nationwide.
Despite suspending its ride-hailing service Go-Bike in Hanoi City until April 15, GoViet, a unit of Indonesian firm Go-Jek, is still maintaining the operation of its on-demand delivery service Go-Send and food delivery service Go-Food.
Earlier on April 1, Grab also stopped the operation of its four-wheel ride-hailing services, including the e-contract based car service GrabCar, high-class travel service GrabCar Plus, taxi-hailing service GrabTaxi and GrabRent, in all provinces and cities countrywide until April 15.
BE Group, a local technology firm, on April 1 followed suit in suspending its ride-hailing services, including beBike and beCar.
A representative of BE noted that its freight transport services, beExpress for its business customers and beDelivery for individuals, are operating as usual.
As of this morning, April 3, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide had climbed to 233, with 75 of them having recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Hanoi City had the largest number of coronavirus cases.