LONDON commuters have this morning packed onto early morning Tubes with NO social distancing as the capital’s Covid cases continue to rise.
Brits were seen piling into carriages at Canning Town station this morning – for the second day in a row – in exclusive footage taken by the Sun Online.
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Brits were seen packing onto Tube carriages at Canning Town this morningCredit: the sun
Brits wore masks on the Tube but were unable to socially distanceCredit: the sun
Footage shows the crowds getting into carriages this morning, despite the government guidance stating everyone should stay local and work from home where possible.
It comes the day after a “terrifying” clip showed the same huge crowds again at Canning Town on Thursday.
Transport for London insisted the crowds had only formed as three Jubilee Line Tubes were cancelled, but the scenes were again mimicked this morning.
While the commuters wore masks for their 6am journeys, they were unable to socially distance due to the sheer numbers.
The worrying scenes come as London has been particularly hit by the deadly bug, with more than 10,000 lives claimed in the capital alone.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan last week declared a major incident in the capital as the virus runs rampant and the country was put into its third lockdown.
Newham Council area, which includes Canning Town, has particularly been hit by the deadly bug with 1,398 cases per 100,000 people in the latest week of January 3 to January 9. The average area in England had 526 cases per 100,000.
But despite the worrying rise in cases, it has been revealed about twice as many people are now using the London Underground and twice as many people using cars and buses compared to the first lockdown last year.
According to the latest stats, 4.9 million entries and exits were made on the Tube from Monday January 4 to Thursday January 7, more than 2m more than in the first four days of the initial lockdown in March, when the figure was 2.89m.
Similar scenes were seen during last year’s first lockdown when employees had to squeeze onto busy trains.
Brits piled into carriages at Canning Town this morningCredit: the sun
While most wore masks, they were unable to socially distanceCredit: the sun
The huge numbers of people were seen at 6am Credit: the sun
Brits have been urged to work from home where they can, but the Tube was still busy this morningCredit: the sun
Shocking footage had shown people piling onto a packed Tube at Canning Town in East London yesterday morningCredit: BBC
British Transport Police were this morning deployed to Canning Town and West Ham amid the crowded scenes, thanking commuters for wearing masks.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was quizzed over the footage today, telling Good Morning Britain: “We don’t want to see that kind of overcrowding.”
But when pressed over what he would have done, he said: “I would encourage people not to get into crowded situations.
“It may not be possible for everyone… but I do encourage people if they know it’s a hot spot to avoid it.”
He added: “I’m very much hoping that those things won’t have been repeated this morning.”
But after footage of busy scenes at Canning Town were shared online yesterday, Brits hit out at the situation many had found themselves in during the lockdown.
One person wrote: “Terrifying, but absolutely not their fault. It’s their employers forcing them to still work.
“The majority are construction workers with heavy tools, working all over London doing hard physical work, so unrealistic to expect them to walk/cycle.”
Another tweeted: “In order to keep society running we need some people to not WFH.
“There’s not a set of magical elves that deliver things, that work in distribution centres, that cook food, that make sure the internet works.”
And a third said: “Almost a year into this and we’re still seeing the middle class shaming the working class for going into work instead of thinking about why they’re still having to do it.”
Sixty London Transport worker have died with coronavirus, including 46 bus drivers.
Masks are compulsory on public transport in the capital with rule flouters facing a £200 fine.
Almost 1,600 Fixed Penalty Notices have been handed to people caught without a mask.
Another 9,200 people were prevented from boarding for not wearing masks and around 2,000 removed from trains, Tubes and buses for non-compliance.
Research from last November suggested one in four Brits weren’t wearing masks on public transport.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan last week declared a major incidentCredit: PA:Press Association
This morning’s footage was filmed at Canning TownCredit: Alamy