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Instacart said Thursday it’s aiming to give more assistance to its workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The grocery delivery company rolled out several new initiatives on Thursday, including “wellness checks” for its shoppers and easier access to its worker health and safety kits.

The move comes as Instacart has faced strikes and criticism from its workers that it’s not doing enough to keep them safe from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

“Instacart has become an essential service for millions of families relying on us to help deliver their groceries and household goods in the wake of COVID-19,” Apoorva Mehta, founder and CEO of Instacart, said in a statement. “We recognize these are extraordinary times and we take our responsibility to safely serve shoppers and customers very seriously.” 

But many Instacart workers say the company hasn’t done enough. Those workers striking against the company are demanding things like hazard pay and safety equipment. Many say the safety kits they’ve received are inadequate with flimsy masks and not enough hand sanitizer. The workers say they also want the company to provide shoppers who are vulnerable to the coronavirus with sick leave.

This is a developing story…

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