A Transport for London (TfL) worker has tested positive for coronavirus, it has been revealed.
The employee is said to work in the capital’s traffic control centre building in Blackfriars, and doesn’t work aboard the Tube trains. So commuters can, for now, breathe a brief sigh of relief.
Currently 280 people in the UK have tested positive for the virus and three people have died. Metro reports that TfL staff were told on Monday morning that a colleague had tested positive for the virus, but were instructed to come into work as normal.
As a precaution the building where the person worked has been deep cleaned.
Staff were only told about the case this morning and were shocked they were still allowed in to the office. They are worried but bosses have assured them it is safe for them to be there.
We are working closely with Public Health England and are following their advice after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
The safety of our staff and customers is our top priority, so we are taking all necessary precautions and a deep clean has taken place within the building used by the staff member.
The news comes amid escalating tensions relating to the spread of the virus. Over the weekend, shops were panic-bought out of basics like toilet paper as people begin to prepare for the prospect of weeks in self-isolation.