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The London bus driver dies of Covid, which triggers demands from the unions for stricter security measures


A London bus driver has died of coronavirus, bringing the total number of male bus drivers killed by the virus to 30.

The death of Kofi Opoku (55) has prompted the Union to introduce stricter security measures for drivers.

It is reported that some drivers use scarves and swimming goggles to protect themselves from the disease while working.

Mr. Opoku, who lives in Croydon, caught the virus and died earlier this week.

Male bus drivers are the occupation most threatened by the killer bug. So far, 30 people have died from the disease

Male bus drivers fall under the highest risk professional category due to the deadly virus with 30 deaths due to the previous bug.

During the height of the pandemic, eight London bus drivers died after contracting the virus in just three days.

In other parts of the country, bus drivers have died in the North West, Nottingham and Bristol.

Union officials said hundreds of depot workers had also fallen ill.

Other transport workers, including subway and train workers, have also died on the job during the pandemic.

Just weeks after the March lockdown, drivers complained that the buses were not being cleaned efficiently.

A driver claimed that Transport for London (TfL) blamed the staff for cleaning it.

There have also been reports of a company in the West Country using a "shower screen" over the cabin window as a barrier.

During the height of the pandemic, eight London bus drivers died after contracting the virus in just three days

During the height of the pandemic, eight London bus drivers died after contracting the virus in just three days

Other employees had to wear scarves and swimming goggles to protect themselves.

On April 7th, 67-year-old London bus driver Mervyn Kennedy died of Covid-19. His destroyed family blamed a "lack of personal protective equipment".

The father of three, who had no health problems, was hospitalized with breathing difficulties and died the following day.

His daughter Ellen wrote on Facebook: "No more families have to grieve over the loss of a loved one due to a lack of PPE."

London bus driver Mervyn Kennedy (pictured) 67 died of Covid-19 in April. His destroyed family blamed a "lack of personal protective equipment".

London bus driver Mervyn Kennedy (pictured) 67 died of Covid-19 in April. His destroyed family blamed a "lack of personal protective equipment".

And the daughter of 64-year-old driver Ranjith Chandrapala called for a public inquiry to protect bus workers.

Mr. Chandrapala died in May after riding on the 92 bus on the Ealing Hospital Route from the beginning of the crisis.

His daughter Leshie told the Guardian: "We need an initial investigation to find out what went wrong so that more drivers don't die when there is a second wave of Covid-19, and we also need a public inquiry to find out why bus drivers like my dad died and for the parties necessary to take responsibility for it. & # 39;

Ranjith Chandrapala (Fig. 64) died in May after taking the 92 bus on the Ealing hospital route from the start of the crisis

Ranjith Chandrapala (Fig. 64) died in May after taking the 92 bus on the Ealing hospital route from the start of the crisis

The Unite union has urged TfL to do more to protect drivers and passengers.

Currently, only a clear plastic screen is a barrier between drivers and passengers.

But Unite, which represents more than 20,000 London bus workers, wants all screens and seals to be properly installed.

They also suggest that health and safety officers abandon normal garage monitoring duties and call for cleaning systems to be reviewed and improved.

The union Unite has urged TfL to do more to protect drivers and passengers, and is calling for a review and improvement of cleaning systems

The union Unite has urged TfL to do more to protect drivers and passengers and is calling for a review and improvement of cleaning systems

Association officer John Murphy said, "The death of Kofi Opoku is a terrible reminder of the terrible human cost of Covid-19. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

'Given the rapidly increasing infection rates and the knowledge we gained from the first wave, it is imperative that all of these safety measures are put in place to protect bus drivers and their passengers.

& # 39; During the initial lockdown, London bus drivers played an important role in keeping the capital moving and too many paid the final price for that.

"Significant security procedures have already been put in place, but steps need to be taken to reinforce these measures."

Health Department data shows a clear trend for coronavirus hospital admissions to rise in England. The 491 confirmed on Wednesday a 50 percent increase over the 328 a week earlier

Health Department data shows a clear trend for coronavirus hospital admissions to rise in England. The 491 confirmed on Wednesday a 50 percent increase over the 328 a week earlier

Claire Mann, director of bus operations at TfL, said there had been a "relentless focus" on cleaning to keep drivers safe.

"Our thoughts go with Kofi Opoku's friends and family at this terrible time," she said.

& # 39; We will continue to do everything humanly possible to protect transport workers and customers.

'This is why we have worked with Unite to make safety improvements and continue to work closely with them to ensure that drivers continue to be as safe as possible at work.

& # 39; All bus operators have safety measures in place, which include a relentless focus on cleaning and the introduction of a long-lasting antiviral cleaning fluid.

"To give the drivers additional security, we will be conducting inspections at locations where concerns are raised."

Most of the 491 people hospitalized with coronavirus in England on Wednesday were in hospitals in the North West and North East and Yorkshire

Most of the 491 people hospitalized with coronavirus in England on Wednesday were in hospitals in the North West and North East and Yorkshire

London was once the UK's hot spot for Covid, but has since been overtaken by the North, resulting in local lockdown measures.

Manchester has an average of 543 cases per 100,000 population, and Nottingham has seen 496.8 infections per 100,000 population.

Hospital admissions for Covid-19 in England rose 50 percent in a week, government data shows.

A total of 491 people were admitted to the ward on Wednesday this week for severe coronavirus, up from 328 on the same day last week.

During this time, the average number of daily admissions has increased from 285 to 441, showing that hospital admissions are now increasing as the number of cases reaches high levels.

The north is disproportionately affected and accounts for 60 percent of hospital stays that day. This is the latest available data.

Including the Midlands, areas outside the south account for around three quarters of the approvals, which in turn draws a line through the north-south divide.

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