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Station ticket officer dies from COVID-19 after being spat at

Belly Mujinga, 47, was on duty at Victoria station in March, when a member of the public who said he had Covid-19 spat and coughed at Ms Mujinga and her colleague.

Within days of the incident, both women fell ill with the virus.

Belly Mujinga, who had underlying respiratory problems, had been admitted to Barnet Hospital and was put on a ventilator, but sadly died on 5th April.

British Transport Police said, an inquiry has been launched to investigate the circumstances leading up to Ms Mujinga's death and to trace the man who spat at her and her college.

General secretary of Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA), Manuel Cortes said, "We are shocked and devastated at Belly’s death. She is one of far too many frontline workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus".

He added, "Sadly, Belly’s is just one of many family tragedies where children have had their parents taken away from them. However, there are serious questions about her death; it wasn’t inevitable".

Mr Cortes said the £60,000 payment promised to the survivors of health and care workers who die as a result of the pandemic, should be extended to the families of all frontline workers.

The Prime Minister's spokesman, described the incident as a "tragic and appalling case".

“We specifically strengthened the rules and the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] published their own guidance to ensure people are protected from this sort of behaviour,” he said.


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