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US-based fresh fruit franchisor Edible has announced plans to cancel same-day delivery charges as more citizens become home-quarantined to combat the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

In addition, the brand is set to start home delivery of fresh fruit and produce in several locations.

Edible president Cheikh Mboup said: “Even though large gatherings are not happening, we recognise that many smaller events and celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries are still going on. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to continue celebrating special occasions, even during this stressful time.”

Free same-day delivery is provided for any orders placed until 3pm.

Depending on what is available in each market, the varieties of fruit and other produce available for delivery will vary between stores.

Edible also stated that no timeframe has been set for how long these changes will be in place.

The move to slash delivery fee and provide customers with home delivery of fruit and produce is intended to alleviate the concerns of citizens who are staying indoors due to the current coronavirus situation.

Mboup added: “Right now, we are like everyone else. We are monitoring the situation, remaining flexible and doing what we can to help our friends and neighbours lead as normal a life as possible.”

A subsidiary of Edible Brands, Edible has more than 1,100 locations worldwide.

Meanwhile, the US is taking extreme measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The country has reportedly witnessed 64 coronavirus related deaths so far.