London buses step up virus measures after 20 drivers die
LONDON: London's transport authorities on Friday announced new measures to protect bus drivers from coronavirus, as colleagues held a minute's silence for 20 who have already died. Mayor Sadiq Khan, whose father was a bus driver, led tributes to the victims as authorities said passengers would no longer be able to use the front door near the driver. “It breaks my heart that 20 London bus workers have lost their lives to #Covid19. It could easily have been my dad and his friends,” Khan wrote on Twitter.
“Our transport workers are heroes and we must do everything we can to protect them.”
He joined a minute's silence called by the trade union Unite, which has been pressing for better protection for London's 20,000 bus drivers and other transport staff.
London is on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak in Britain, where almost 14,000 people have died, making it one of the worst hit countries in the world.
Since a nationwide lockdown was introduced last month, bus passengers numbers in London have fallen by about 85 per cent.
But a reduced service is still running on the buses and trains for key workers. Four Underground and train staff have also died. - AFP