‘The brave bus drivers who ferried potentially infected Brits to a coronavirus quarantine facility have been given 10 days off work.
Reading-based Horseman Coaches has announced that the buses used to transport the patients from RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, to Arrowe Park Hospital, in Wirral, will undergo a deep clean.
The Government flew the passengers back to the UK from Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak started.
They will now spend 14 days in quarantine at a special facility in Arrowe Park Hospital.
Horseman Coaches said the drivers involved in transporting the patients volunteered for the job – and will be on paid leave at home for the next 10 days.
At least seven vehicles were involved in the operation, with the buses set to be out of service for 10 days while they are cleaned.
A Horseman Coaches spokesman said: “The Department for Health have procedures in place for the vehicles to be deep cleaned.
“That is part of the process of this undertaking, which will happen as soon as the vehicles are clear.”
He added: “I can give everybody assurance that everything will be cleansed sufficiently.”‘