More than 50 public transport employees have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
This afternoon Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that 42 Transport for London (TFL) workers and 10 Network Rail staff have lost their lives having caught the coronavirus.
Mr Shapps told the House of Commons: “I thought it might be worth updating the House on the latest information that I have about the number (of transport workers) who have sadly died with Covid-19, though not necessarily through their jobs, we don’t know.
“On TfL, the latest number I have is 42, on Network Rail including the train operating companies the latest number I have is 10.”
He added: “Our thoughts are with all of their friends and families at this difficult time.”
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The grim news came the day after the Mirror revealed that a train ticket collector had tragically died after being spat at by an irate passenger on the station concourse.
Belly Mujinga, 47, who had suffered long-term respiratory problems, died in hospital on April 5 – 13 days after the alleged assault at London’s Victoria Station.
The mother-of-one and an unnamed colleague who was with her at the time were spat on, and both went on to contract Covid-19.
Their attacker, who has not been identified, allegedly told his victims that he had the virus.
Although the other woman recovered, Belly’s condition deteriorated after she started to feel ill.
She died just three days after being admitted to an intensive care ward and put on a ventilator.
Her husband Lusamba, 60, and their daughter Ingrid, 11, never got to say goodbye.
Ingrid had one last video call from her mum in her bed at Barnet Hospital before she became too sick to talk.
Boris Johnson’s spokesman said today: “It’s a tragic and appalling case, we specifically strengthened the rules and the CPS published their own guidance to ensure people are protected from this sort of behaviour.
“It’s a really shocking incident and our thoughts are with the victim and their family.”
Following the government’s change of advice this week which now encourages more people to go to work, trains are expected to get busier.
People have been advised not to travel if they can avoid it and services will carry as few as a tenth of their normal number of passengers.
Commuters have been asked to walk, cycle or drive to work if they can, or to re-plan their train commute to avoid busy times and areas if possible.
Passengers should keep 2m apart from others wherever possible and avoid the rush hour if that is feasible.
They are also being asked to wait for others to get off before boarding and to be prepared to queue or use a different entrance or exit at stations.