LONDONERS packed onto the Tube this morning less than 12 hours after Boris Johnson ordered Brits to stay home to stop coronavirus.
Furious commuters – mostly keyworkers who need to continue to work – were forced to cram onto trains and buses after Sadiq Khan cut back transport services.
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Many could be key workers, or employed in jobs that don't allow them to work at home.
A NHS nurse was just one to share a photo of a packed Tube this morning, saying: "This is my tube this morning. I live in zone 4 and work in a zone 1 hospital.
"I love my job, but now I'm risking my health just on the journey in?!
"@SadiqKhan put the tube service back to normal so we can all spread out, or @BorisJohnson start policing who's getting on. Help me!"
The drastic measures announced last night which will change every aspect of Brits' lives included:
- All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms
- Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
- Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
- Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals
- Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work.
Boris' new measures banned travel on roads, trains and buses, unless it's essential to get to work as the coronavirus death toll hit 335 with more than 6,000 cases.
And other furious commuters took to social media this morning, pointing out the contradiction of being told to stay 2m apart – but still having to push onto public transport.
Another NHS nurse wrote: "Being on the tube is making me feel uneasy it is too busy&there is no space for social distancing. @SadiqKhan and @BorisJohnson you need to go further.
"Monitor who is getting on the train and allow more services to run.
"I feel like I am risking my health trying to get to work."
A Tube driver also shared a video of the packed services, begging: "please ppl stay at home, I’m a tube driver, I go to work to move London’s key workers so when I commute in and get this make me furious."
Another commuter shared a photo snapped on the Victoria line, writing: "So it would appear the words 'lockdown' & 'keyworker' are being applied liberally.
"Victoria line @ 06:20 still very busy with people still going about jobs (construction etc). Pointless.
"Had to let two tubes go past. Suspect only ID checks @ tubes will work or shut LDN transport."
Another added: "TfL so I’m a key worker having to go into work (teacher) and you’ve made the tube 10x busier than what it normally is by reducing services whilst telling the public that tubes are busy because people aren’t staying at home…ridiculous"
Transport for London has issued a warning to commuters, telling them that public transport "should only be used for essential journeys".
A number of stations and services were closed from March 21.
Khan tweeted this morning: "LONDON: I cannot say this more strongly: we must stop all non-essential use of public transport now.
Employers: please support your staff to work from home unless it's absolutely necessary. Ignoring these rules means more lives lost. #COVID19"
It comes after Boris last night branded coronavirus "the biggest threat this country has faced for decades."
He said: “Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope.
“Because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.
“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
“We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.
“But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.”
The PM ordered the greatest restrictions on British way of life in decades after a failure of the Government’s social distancing policy.
Yesterday there were another 54 deaths from Covid-19 in British hospitals.
A hospital doctor MP also warned that young, fit people in their 30s were being admitted to intensive care with the disease.
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