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London Victoria Station worker dies from coronavirus after being spat on and other stories

A 360° sphere view of the station concourse. Image: Subhashish Panigrahi. CC BY-SA 4.0

A ticket officer at Victoria station, Belly Mujinga, has died just 14 days after being spat on by someone claiming to have the virus.

Her family says the attack took place on the 22nd of March when Ms Mujinga and her colleague had asked to work from inside the ticket office.

She was 47 years old and leaves behind her an 11 year old daughter.

Statement by Belly Mujinga’s trade union. Click on image to read it in full.

The family alleges they were told to continue working outside for the rest of their shift.

The pair also asked for a call to be made to the police, but the British Transport Police say they have no record of this call.

BTP are now investigating the incident.

The general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, Manuel Cortes, who represented Ms Mujinga are also carrying out their own investigation.

 

Businesses are welcoming the four-month extension of the government’s furlough scheme.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, says the government will continue supporting businesses by contributing 80% of wages until the end of July.

Stephen Phipson, chief executive of manufacturing group Make UK, says:

It’s encouraging that it stands ready to stand behind industry to protect jobs and key skills over the summer and autumn.

The general secretary from TUC, Frances O’Grady added that this ‘will be a big relief for millions.’

From August, the scheme aims to support business across sectors and industries in the UK but providing greater flexibility to encourage employers to bring workers back part-time.

Matt Hancock, says that it is unlikely Britons will go on foreign holidays this summer.

The Health Secretary said in an interview with ITV’s This Morning programme that the traditional holiday season is unlikely to happen this year.

This is despite government plans to reopen businesses, and Ryanair planning to start services in July.

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The law firm representing Lady Gaga, Elton John, and more have been attacked by hackers, stealing data.

Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks’s website is down and hackers claim to have 750 gigabytes of data concerning contracts and personal emails.

In a press statement, the firm said they ‘have hired the world’s experts who specialise in this area, and we are working around the clock to address these matters.’

Notorious hackers REvil or Sodinokibi have previously attacked Travelex, the foreign exchange company, in January.

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