The Independent reports that Belly Mujinga, 47, a ticket worker, was working at London Victoria station in March when she and her colleague were spit and coughed by the man who claimed to have COVID-19.
According to his union, Mujinga, who was known to have a pre-existing health problem, was later declared to be infected with the virus. She was placed on a ventilator but died on April 5. The Independent reports that the union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, reported his death to UK railways inspection. British transport police are also investigating the incident. No arrests were said to have been made, and it is unclear whether the perpetrator was infected with the virus, as he claimed.
“She is one of far too many frontline workers who have lost their lives to the coronavirus,” said TSSA secretary general Manuel Cortes, the Independent reported.
“Unfortunately, Belly’s is just one of the many family tragedies in which children have had their parents taken away. However, there are serious questions about his death; it was not inevitable. “
The union felt that questions should be asked about why Mujinga was working in the first place, given her underlying respiratory condition which put her in further danger.
“As a vulnerable person in the” at risk “category and that her condition is known to her employer, there are questions about the reasons why she did not leave her frontline duties at the start of this pandemic” , did he declare.
“Rather than talking about easing the lockdown, the government must first make sure that the right precautions and protections have been taken so that more lives are not lost.”
The death toll in COVID-19 in the UK surpassed 38,000 in early May, by far the worst ever recorded in Europe, raising more questions about Prime Minister Boris JohnsonManagement of the coronavirus crisis.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics for England and Wales brought the official death toll in the UK to 38,289 as of May 3 – nearly 6,000 in the space of a week, according to a count of Reuters deaths which also includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.
On April 13, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed that 21 London transport workers, including 15 buses from London, had died of the coronavirus at that time. Measures such as boarding the middle door and additional cleaning are in place, but staff have expressed concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment.
– with Reuters files