(CNN)A British railway ticket office worker has died from Covid-19 after being spat on while she was working at Victoria station in central London.
Belly Mujinga, 47, was working with a colleague when a member of the public assaulted them, spat and coughed over them and said he had the novel coronavirus, said her union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA), in a statement Tuesday.
Mujinga, who had an underlying health condition, was working for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) on the station concourse at the time of the incident on March 22.
British Transport Police said in a statement to CNN that an investigation into the incident had been launched.
"Belly and her colleague begged to be let to work from inside the building with a protective barrier between them and the public for the rest of that day," TSSA said in its statement.
"Management said they needed people working outside and sent them back out onto the concourse for the rest of their shift."
Both women went back outside and completed their shift, added the union, but they had no personal protective equipment.
Mujinga had underlying respiratory problems for which she had had an operation, regular hospital appointments and had previously needed to take time off work, according to TSSA.
The union says GTR knew about her condition and, even after the incident, only stood Mujinga down after her doctor ca