East Midlands Airport workers coronavirus fears due to shortage of protective clothing

Staff at East Midlands Airport have raised concerns over a lack of protective equipment as the new coronavirus continues to spread.

Staff at Manchester, Liverpool and Stansted have also accused Airport bosses of failing to provide sufficient protection from the coronovirus, as the first two British cases were confirmed.

One Airport worker reported that staff had been provided with face masks, but no gloves or hand sanitiser.

He said: “Passengers put their passports in their mouths and the staff are touching them.”

“They’ve only been given masks. I asked a manager about gloves, wipes and hand gel. I got the stock answer: ‘I’ll ask’.”

GMB national officer Nadine Houghton said: “No-one should have to go to work worrying about whether they’ll be exposed to a killer infection.”

“Surely protecting airport staff is a must to keep us all safe?”

The potentially deadly respiratory virus has spread from Wuhan in China to 23 other countries, including England where two victims from the same family have been infected.

Both are in a specialist hospital isolation unit in Newcastle.

British nationals evacuated from Wuhan landed at the RAF’s base at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Passengers on the flight were taken to an isolation unit at Arrowe Park Hospital at the Wirral in Merseyside.

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