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Companies roll out measures to combat pneumonia

(People's Daily Online)    16:43, February 12, 2020

Chinese companies have taken various measures to fight against the pneumonia outbreak and shouldered their responsibilities amid this difficult time.

MYBank will continue to provide loans for 1.5 million small stores in Hubei province and 300,000 medical shops to help small enterprises survive the pneumonia outbreak, according to Hu Xiaoming, Chairman of MYBank.

At the same time, it will lower the interest rate by 10 percent for these small stores and even cut it completely for owners of stores infected with the coronavirus.

As cabdrivers are receiving lower incomes due to the epidemic, Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi has called on car rental companies to extend the tenancy for drivers, a move that has received a positive response from many car rental companies in Hubei province.

DiDi has also reached agreements with 38 insurance agencies that are willing to extend the car insurance period for cabdrivers to ease their pressure during these difficult times.

To ensure drivers’ safety, the car-hailing platform Caocao Chuxing is providing them with protective clothing, masks and other gear, and making sure the company’s vehicles are disinfected on a daily basis.

Nearly all logistics companies have required their employees to deliver parcels without having to actually make contact with the consumers to ensure the safety of their employees.

With funds of 300 million yuan, the YTO Express Group has not only provided necessities to fight against the epidemic, but has also bought insurance for its employees to guarantee safe operations.

Chinese companies are showing a strong sense of social responsibility amid the pneumonia outbreak, said Pan Helin, executive director of the Digital Economy Academy of the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. 

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