Coronavirus News: NYC cab drivers cite health risks amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Yellow cab and for-hire drivers are some of the first to interact with domestic and international travelers, so naturally the fears over coronavirus is putting their health and business at risk.

Driver Firoz Ahamad said he is very nervous about his business.

“Last two hours, I don’t have passenger,” he said. “Very slow our business. I’m waiting here 30 minutes, driving around 1.5 hours. No passengers. Don’t know how we’re going to survive.

Eyewitness News spoke to other drivers and they say business is down as well.

Drivers pick up every slice of life in New York, including patients not sick enough for an ambulance.

“I don’t want a passenger to get close to me, especially to have somebody sitting next to me,” one driver said.

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