Stagecoach issue coronavirus update

Stagecoach Manchester say it is still running its bus services to their normal timetables and rigorous cleaning processes continue to take place, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The bus operator, which runs a number of services in Tameside, Glossop and Oldham, have moved to reassure concerned passengers who rely on its buses to get around as the outbreak continues to spread. 

A detailed statement read: "We know that there are lots of concerns about the current situation and the uncertainty that everybody is feeling at this time. Our first priority is to protect the safety of our customers and our people.

"We are continuing with rigorous cleaning regimes on our buses, coaches and trams, and have more frequent cleaning in place for regularly touched areas including poles, handrails, doors and ticket machines.

"Services are still running to their planned timetables and the latest advice from the government is that people can continue to use public transport.

"We've put together a webpage to answer questions you may have about travelling with us and this page will be kept up to date with the latest information and guidance. Please get in touch if you have any other questions and we'll do our best to help.

"Stay up to date with the latest coronavirus information by using the NHS or Department of Health and Social Care websites." 

To date, there have been two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tameside, five in Derbyshire - three of them in the High Peak, and five in Oldham.

As things stand, a total of 798 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, with the country now entering the next stage in the government's phased plan to tackle the outbreak.

Some 32,771 people in the UK have been tested for the respiratory infection so far. Ten people who tested positive have died.

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