Corona Virus: A London train station employee dies after being spit on “sick”


Billy Mugenga

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Billy Mujinga died from a coronavirus infection in April

An employee of a railway ticket office in Britain died from infection with the Corona virus, after a man spotted allegedly carrying the virus.

Billy Mugenga was assaulted with a colleague at Victoria Station in London in March. Mujinga was 47 years old, and she was suffering from respiratory problems.

Days after the accident, the two women were confirmed to be infected with the virus.

British Transport Police said they had opened an investigation to track down the man who spat on the two women.

Mujinga was working in the lobby of Victoria Station on March 22 when the suspect assaulted her.

Her husband, Losamba Gudi Catalale, said that the man asked his wife what she was doing on the station and why she was there.

“I told him that she was working there, so the man said he was HIV-positive and spit on her,” he added.

Mujinga was taken to hospital on April 2, where she was placed on a respirator. The Transportation Staff Association said that it had died three days later.

The prime minister’s spokesman described the attack on the worker as “despicable”.

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Billy Mugenga left behind an 11-year-old daughter

The Catalan husband said that he tried to contact his wife via a video call app while she was in hospital, but he received no response.

“I thought she might be sleeping, but the doctor called me to tell me she was dead,” he added.

Catalay described his wife as “a good person, good mother and good wife. She was a kind and caring person.”

Ten people attended Mujinga’s funeral, including her 11-year-old daughter.

Her relative, Agnes Ntumba, told the BBC that Mugenga believed she was safe in her work environment – the ticket office.

“They shouldn’t have made her work in the hallway entrance hall.”

“She shouldn’t have died in this way. We could have avoided it – if she had more PPE or if they kept her inside instead of working in the hallway entrance to the station.”

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British Transport Police said an investigation had been opened following the accident at Victoria Station

“We were shocked and destroyed with the death of Pelly. She is one of a very large number of frontline workers who have lost their lives due to the Corona virus,” said Transport Secretary Manuel Curtis.

The union added that there are “serious questions about her death.”

“As a person in the vulnerable group, and in the health condition that the employer knows, there are questions about why she did not step down from front-line tasks early in the epidemic,” said Curtis.

“A tragic accident”

Gouveia Timezelnick Railway, the company that employed Mugenga, said it “took any allegations seriously” and that it was investigating all allegations.

“The safety of our clients and employees, who are themselves from the basic employment category, is at the forefront of our thinking at all times as we follow the latest government advice,” said Angie Doll, the company official.

The most recent figures indicate that 42 public transport workers have died in London since the beginning of the spread of Covid-19 disease, in addition to 10 rail network employees.


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