Ana says she did not want to break the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown rules. The 37-year-old has worked through the epidemic. Ana says that she cleans an office building in London that is open but almost empty, as most employees are working from home.
This is a job the Ecuadorian native has done for five years, after moving from Spain to Britain in 2013 in search of work. Granthshalais not revealing Anna’s real name because she fears results from her employer.
Ana’s employer insisted that she continue to clean the building during the epidemic, but cut it to five to four hours a day. She Earns £ 10.75 ($ 14.77) per hour.
“I have been forced to work in an unoccupied building,” she told CNN. “There’s no one at work, I’m single.”
Last month, Anna caught COVID-19. She is unsure where she picked it up from, but it is likely that it was “on the bus or underground”.
I had a lot of coughs, fever, fatigue … and dizziness, “she said.” And i [am taking a long time to recover] Because the disease is very painful [and] Scary. “
But after staying home for a few days after recovering from illness, Anna decided to go to work, as she was only getting a partial salary.
The UK government rules that while recovering from COVID-19, patients must self-isolate for at least 10 full days.
“I just felt tired and [had] A headache, “she said.” That’s why I went to work – I couldn’t even stay at home because I was paid so little.
I feel guilty that I went to work and infected more people, [but] I had no other choice. “
Violations of the rules of self-isolation are prevalent throughout Britain. According to Dido Harding, in charge of the country’s coronovirus test and trace scheme, 20,000 people a day are failing to stay indoors when instructed.
For the British government, lack of compliance is an important concern.
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