Belly Mujinga, 47 was a frontline worker at London's Victoria station where she and her colleague were spat on and coughed by a man who claimed he has COVID-19.
A staff member at London's Victoria station died after she was spat on by a man who claimed he had COVID-19. Belly Mujinga, 47, a mother to an 11-year-old daughter, was working on the concourse of the station on March 22 where a vile man spat and coughed on her and her colleague. "The man asked her what she was doing, why she was there, and she said they were working," her husband, Lusamba Gode Katalay, said. "The man said he had the virus and spat on them. They reported it to their supervisor. Belly came home and told me everything."
Within a few days of the incident, both women fell ill with Belly in a more serious condition. Within days of her unwell, Belly was transferred to Barnet Hospital by ambulance, where she was put on a ventilator. She died three days later, 14 days after she was assaulted at Victoria.
Belly had an underlying respiratory problem for which she had already taken an off from work in the past. The last time her husband saw her was when they were taking her away in the ambulance.
According to the guidelines by the government, only 10 people were allowed to attend her funeral.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Belly's bereaved family.
Reportedly, British Transport Police are now investigating the case while Belly's trade union, the TSSA has criticized her employer for putting her on the frontline to work.
A spokesperson for UK prime minister Boris Johnson described Belly's death as a "tragic case" and a "really shocking incident." The spokesperson said the government has issued orders to treat COVID-19 patients as high priority cases and has also strengthened the rules around prosecutions,
"It is despicable for a key worker to be attacked in this way while serving the travelling public," he said. "Our thoughts are with Mrs Mujinga’s family at this terrible time."
Manuel Cortes, TSSA general secretary, said he was "shocked and devastated at Belly’s death," and "she is one of far too many frontline workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus. 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."
British Transport Police said it had launched an investigation into the incident.
"Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who has any information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 and quoting reference 359 of 11/05/20," a statement said.
Last month we saw a similar incident where in a disturbing video, the delivery man of Amazon package could be seen spitting on his hand and smearing the spit on the package and with no shame or remorse, the man took pictures of the package acting as if he didn't commit a shameful crime.