London’s Tube still crammed despite Boris ordering coronavirus lockdown

Despite Britain being placed into coronavirus lockdown, London's Tube was still crammed with commuters this morning.

Photos show chaotic scenes as people crowded onto trains after Transport for London (TfL) reduced Underground service in an attempt to encourage residents to avoid non-necessary travel.

The decision to close up to 40 Tube stations and only run 15 trains an hour has been met with criticism, as it means Londoners who still have to go to work are forced into even closer proximity.

This increases their risk of COVID-19 transmission as they can't maintain the social distancing of two metres recommended by the Government.

It come a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson commanded all non-key workers to stay home, but did not provide clarity around how that will be enforced.

Key workers such as NHS staff, delivery drivers and police officers are now the only people permitted to leave their homes to go to work.

Some people angry at the crowded trains claim many people who aren't key workers are still leaving their homes and travelling to work, and have suggested all passengers should be subjected to ID checks before being allowed on public transport.

An NHS nurse shared a photo of her rammed Tube on Tuesday morning, saying: "This is my Tube this morning. I live in zone 4 and work in a zone 1 hospital.

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"I love my job, but now I'm risking my health just on the journey in?!

"Sadiq Khan put the Tube service back to normal so we can all spread out, or Boris Johnson start policing who's getting on. Help me!"

Another social media user wrote: "So it would appear the words 'lockdown' & 'keyworker' are being applied liberally.

"Victoria line at 6.20am still very busy with people still going about jobs (construction etc). Pointless.

"Had to let two tubes go past. Suspect only ID checks at Tubes will work or shut London transport."'

Another said: "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 while telling the public that tubes are busy because people aren't staying at home… ridiculous."

With the closure of all restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops, many hospitality and retail workers have been forced out of a job.

Although the Government's new emergency financial aid package means many will still receive 80% of their wages for the shifts they would have been working.

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