Apr 28, 2020

The Uber driver evicted from home and left to die of coronavirus

Rajesh was being treated in Northwick Park Hospital in London, the city where he worked as an Uber driver for most of the year. For most of the year, Rajesh rented a room in Harrow, north London and drove an Uber vehicle in the city. Sunil and Rajesh first met in 2011 - they were both from Bangalore, so mutual friends there put them in touch when Sunil moved to the UK. They would help each other navigate the UK's various bureaucratic systems, loaned each other small amounts of money when needed, and Sunil and his wife would have Rajesh over for meals at their home in Hertfordshire - sending him back with several days' worth of leftovers of delicious South Indian food. Like many Uber drivers, Rajesh continued to work at first, but he quickly developed flu-like symptoms and had to stop. Sunil told him the best thing to do would be to stay at home, not to work, and to look into the financial support for self-employed workers the government had just announced, or the 14 days' assistance offered by Uber.

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