Fourteen transport workers have died in London after contracting the coronavirus, mayor Sadiq Khan has told Sky News.
Mr Khan told Kay Burley@Breakfast that the death toll includes nine bus drivers, as well as three Transport for London workers, an Underground employee and a worker for one of TfL’s suppliers.
Mr Khan stressed that his office was doing a “number of things” to ensure that transport in the capital was “as safe as possible”.
“We’ve made sure, for example, that we’re using advanced cleaning regimes,” he said.
“We’re using antiviral disinfectant, the sort of stuff you use in hospitals, to clean not just the steering wheels, but the handles, the bus garages, the restrooms.
“We’ve also made sure that passengers can’t sit too near a bus driver.
“We’ve made sure there’s perspex glass between the bus driver and passenger with a protective film in there as well.”
Mr Khan revealed that on some routes, a trial involving passengers only using the back door of the bus to enter and exit the vehicle will now take place.
Sky News has spoken to a number of bus drivers in London who have said they do not believe they have the proper protective equipment to do their job safely.
TfL staff members, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they “are all scared” due to a lack of protective equipment during the COVID-19 outbreak.
TfL have told Sky News that the safety of staff and customers is “our absolute priority”, adding that it has been working with bus companies, the mayor and the Unite union to “implement a range of changes and improvements to keep the bus network and garages safe for those operating and using it”.