The coronavirus CRUSH hour! Fury as commuters are crammed onto Tubes in morning dash after Sadiq Khan cut services then said ‘people will die’ if they don’t practice social distancing (while he works from home)
- Commuters were crammed onto London Underground services this morning
- Sadiq Khan has said Britons must stay indoors to ‘protect the ones they love’
- One image from this morning shows a platform ‘full of people’ waiting to board
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Commuters were crammed onto Tubes in the morning dash to work today after Sadiq Khan cut services and told Londoners to enforce social distancing.
The London Mayor has said Britons in the capital need to stay indoors to ‘protect the ones they love’ amid the coronavirus outbreak.
One commuter tweeted at London’s Northern Line today asking where the southbound train at Colindale was, adding: ‘No sight of the train, platform is full of people, thanks for nothing!’
He posted an image of a crammed platform with commuters waiting to board the Tube train.
As more than 5,000 people in Britain have been infected, pubs, clubs, restaurants and other social venues have shut their doors to customers in order to stave off the deadly infection.
One commuter tweeted at London’s Northern Line asking where the southbound train at Colindale was, adding: ‘No sight of the train, platform is full of people, thanks for nothing!’
Londoners were seen walking around parks this weekend after leisure centers and gyms closed
Customers sit at tables inside a pub in London on March 20 before they were ordered to close
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, Mr Khan was questioned on whether or not Londoners had understood how serious the situation in the capital currently is.
‘I am clear, life has changed and we have to do things differently for a while now.
‘Social interaction will spread the virus. Do shopping for elderly neighbours, only buy what you need.’
He added that people needed to practice social distancing for their vulnerable loved ones and said if people didn’t then they ‘will die’.
Marr said there had been a clear ‘change in tone’ after the government had initially allowed pubs and restaurants to continue to run before it ordered them to close on Friday night.
‘My frustration with government is that only last Monday they allowed me to attend Cobra, things are worse in London, if we don’t keep our social distance people will die. I’m working from home and others should too.’
Asked whether or not parks and other public places should be closed, Mr Khan said people need to recognise the severity of the situation.
‘I have been lobbying the government.
‘There are instructions and rules we need to obey to stop people dying. Making sure there is no confusion or mixed messages, people should not be leaving their homes unless they have to, they can walk dogs or exercise, but mixing socially leads to more people dying.’
He added that emergency bills that will go through parliament next week will give additional powers to police in order to allow them to enforce stricter rules upon the public and social gatherings.
‘Unless people stay at home and stop using public transport then more people will die.
‘Please stop mixing and stay at home.’
He said public transport should only be used for critical workers and said his office has now implemented an ‘enhanced cleaning regime on all TfL estates’.
‘The advice at the moment is not to give them masks, if the advice changes then of course we will change this. But the NHS still don’t have what they need.
‘Stay at home unless you have good reason to leave your home, it’s important everyone works from home’.
There has been much speculation on whether or not London, a ‘city of super spreaders’ would be locked down due to the rapid spread of the virus.
Mr Khan added: ‘We are a global city, we have connectivity around the country and density. All of us need to follow the advice, we are running a weekend service during the week.
‘No one else apart from critical workers should be using public transport.’
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