A NUMBER of Stagecoach employees in Barnsley have tested positive for coronavirus with one death confirmed by the bus operator.

Currently there are a ‘small number’ of employees who tested positive for the virus, though Stagecoach confirmed they are not linked.

Employee Brian Halliday passed away to the virus earlier this week - a man described as having a ‘heart of gold’ who always had a ‘sympathetic ear’ for others.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach Yorkshire said: “The safety and well-being of our employees and customers is our first priority and we have strict protocols in place around the management of Covid-19.

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“We currently have a small number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst our employees in Barnsley which are not linked and there is no evidence of workplace transmission.

“Sadly, we lost Brian, a well-loved member of our Barnsley team to the virus.

“The thoughts of everyone at Stagecoach are with the family and friends of Brian.

“Known by his colleagues as Geordie Bri, he joined us in 2003 and was a well-respected member of the control team.

“He loved his job and his colleagues all describe him as a larger than life character with a pure heart of gold.

“He always had a sympathetic ear to lend to others, and his catch phrase of ‘how diddly do’ when greeting staff starting work was infamous across the office.

“He leaves behind many friends at Stagecoach and we are doing all we can to support his loved ones at this time.

“We will continue to follow all of the government and health organisation rules and guidance in place to manage the virus.”