The fight against COVID-19 is a concerted effort for everyone in society. Unsung heroes are constantly fighting in various fronts. Among these heroes are the frontline specimen collection people from dedicated teams. Under the shadow of the epidemic, when the running of commercial activities has been severely affected, these committed individuals ensure that people who are subject to receiving viral tests will have their saliva samples delivered to the authorised testing laboratories. Cyberport incubatee OneDegree ensures that these unsung heroes' efforts do not go unnoticed and unprotected.
Cyberport incubated InsurTech company offers special protection to delivery team members
Since the company received its virtual insurer licence from Hong Kong Insurance Authority in April, the insurance technology (InsurTech) company OneDegree has made its name within just days after receiving the licence by acting quickly to show solidarity with the wider community.
OneDegree identified the frontline workers who literally keep the community moving in the fight against the virus are those who most need added protection. The risk to these people is further complicated by the fact that many of them work as freelancers, who would not normally receive compensation if, for whatever reasons, they had to stop working for any period of time. Thus, OneDegree decided to offer income protection support to the specimen collection team members working for the two authorised service providers, GOGOVAN and Pickupp.
Under this plan, if a member from the team of these two companies is infected, and therefore hospitalised, or in fact is considered a close contact of an infected patient—and therefore must undergo forced quarantine—that person is entitled to a one-off compensation of HK$7,000, and this compensation can, to some extent, ease the financial burden he or she would otherwise have to endure.
- An InsurTech company granted Hong Kong's third virtual insurer license in April.
- Initiative to provide added protection to delivery workers for submitting specimen samples to testing centres.