Just moments after the interview began on Good Morning Britain today, Mr Khan revealed nine Transport for London employees had died from coronavirus. The admission left Piers Morgan reeling as he questioned the Mayor why bus drivers were still being made to work despite the government urging as many people as possible to stay home to stop the spread of the virus.
Mr Khan tried to explain the measures which are being taken to protect TfL employees after sharing his condolences with the families of those who have died.
He began: “Firstly thoughts and prayers with them we are Susanna doing the best we can to ensure public transport is as safe as it can be for those using it but for also those who work on it.
“So for some time now we have made sure we have the most enhanced cleaning regimes that we can do.
“We have learned lessons from around the world, so for example, we make sure we use antiviral hospital style disinfectant regularly cleaning key touch points during the course of the day.
Morgan continued by insisting key workers like the bus drivers should be given PPE to make sure they are protected.
“If I was London Mayor, I would make damn sure they have it,” the presenter raged.
“These people need better protection, they’re dying.”
Mr Khan insisted he was doing as much as possible to make sure workers were protected but it still wasn’t enough for Piers.
“This is not enough. You come from a family of a bus driver,” Morgan remarked.
“Families all over London who have just heard nine have died.
“Antibacterial gel is not going to do it – PPE for bus drivers they should be in it, shouldn’t they?”
He concluded: “Please do the best for your workers – feel like they’re being ignored.”
Khan hit back: “They aren’t be ignored, please don’t say that. We are not neglecting or ignoring our transport workers.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.