A train ticket officer in London has died from coronavirus complications days after someone spit at her.
Belly Mujinga, 47, was working on the concourse at London’s Victoria Station on March 22 when a man approached her and a colleague and coughed and spat at them.
He claimed he had COVID-19, according to the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA).
Both Mujinga and her colleague became sick with the virus days later.
Less than two weeks after the incident, Mujinga, who had underlying respiratory problems, died of the virus on April 5 after being taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator.
The British Transport Police have launched an investigation into the incident and the identity of the man.
The TSSA says that Mujinga and her co-worker “begged to be let to work from inside the building with a protective barrier between them and the public” but were told to remain working outside.
Mujinga was mother to an 11-year-old girl.
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the TSSA, said in a statement, “We are shocked and devastated at Belly’s death. She is one of far too many front-line workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.”
“The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, recently announced that £60,000 would be paid to the survivors of health and care workers who die as a result of the pandemic. Our view is that this compensation should be extended to the families of all front-line workers who perish trying to keep our country and vital services going,” the statement continued, according to the Business Insider.
“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.”