GrabShare services suspended starting Friday due to COVID-19 threat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) – Grab riders will have to endure higher transport fares as GrabShare services will not be available starting Friday noon.

In a statement on Thursday, the ride-hailing firm announced that it will suspend its GrabShare services in Metro Manila and Cebu and will resume only "as soon as the public health situation de-escalates," following the spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country.

"To aid in the social distancing prescribed by the Philippine health officials with regards to the public health situation on COVID-19, Grab will be suspending its GrabShare services in Metro Manila and Cebu starting March 13, 12NN, and will resume as soon as the public health situation de-escalates," it said.

Grab clarified, however, that its other transport services will still be available to the commuting public.

"We would like to remind everyone to plan their trips prudently and take personal hygiene seriously," it added.

The Philippines has to date recorded 49 cases of COVID-19, with two deaths.