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Hamilton William dos Santos
London - UK
Pandemic in Focus
To Halt Rising Death Toll, Iconic Buses Had to Adapt
Photographer: Hamilton William Dos Santos
Pandemic in Focus
Exhibit Title: To Halt Rising Death Toll, Iconic Buses Had to Adapt
Location: London, United Kingdom
Double decker red buses have been a British cultural icon since 1923 and bus drivers are a central part of that iconic idea.
They are essential workers transporting people throughout the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the lives of 33 bus drivers. They have showed up to work dilligently every single day to make sure other critical workers turn up at work on time.
Male couch drivers' rate of death was 26 per 100,000, according the ONS, and by 17th of April, 20 bus drivers had already died from Covid-19 in London. In response, the Government allowed passengers to board buses for free, banned them from using the front door, with only back and middle door boarding allowed. In addition, signage directing people away from seats near drivers were included at the time as well as protective film over drivers' screens.
However, as of 21st May, bus drivers' death toll had already risen to 33, which prompted the Trade Union Congress to complain that the Government was 'failing on workplace safety - with horrific consequences for our lowest-paid and most precarious workers'.
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