Coronavirus: UK railway worker who was spat at dies of Covid-19

Belly Mujinga Image The Mirror Online

Belly Mujinga Image The Mirror Online

He said: "The man asked her what she was doing, why she was there, and she said they were working". Both the worker and a colleague later tested positive for the virus, and the transport worker has now passed away.

British Transport Police says the incident was not reported at the time on March 22, but has now launched an investigation to find the suspect.

However, the BTP say they are now investigating. More alarmingly, both Belly and her co-worker fell ill from the virus 13 days after coming into contact with the assailant.

"She was a good person, a good mother, and a good wife", her widower Lusamba Gode Katalay said.

Police have launched an investigation this week, almost two months after the incident, as there was no report at the time. She was later taken to a hospital, where she was put on a ventilator.

Mr Katalay said he called his wife on a video app when she was in hospital, but didn't hear from her again.

It was confirmed today that Mujinga died from the coronavirus on 5 April. When it happened, she could have bought it in the house. We could have lost all of them.

"We are shocked and devastated at Belly's death".

She leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and a husband, who last saw her when she was taken away by ambulance, added the union.

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Three days after the incident, Belly's doctor rang her employers and insisted that she be stood down. "She gave her friendship to many people".

"They were out on the concourse by the ticket office when they were assaulted by a member of the public who spat at them", the union said in a statement.

Cortes, the TSSA general secretary, accused GTR of not treating the assault "seriously enough".

"Anyone who is vulnerable should remain at home and home working should be the default wherever possible".

"Our railway industry must take a very serious look at what tasks are considered" essential "and must put in place protections for all our members and passengers". "They deserve safe workplaces, and to be treated with consideration and respect", he said.

Angie Doll, managing director of Southern Railway and Gatwick Express which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway, said: "We are devastated that our dedicated colleague Belly has passed away and our deepest sympathies are with her family with whom we have been in touch through this very hard time".

GTR is investigating the accusations, it said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday, adding it takes the allegations "extremely seriously".

'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 also reported the incident to the Railways Inspectorate, the safety arm of the Office for Road and Rail (ORR).

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