Transport for London (TfL) have launched an "enhanced cleaning regime" across its Underground and bus networks in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

New additional substances will be used to kill viruses and bacteria, and the busiest stations and trains will be professionally cleaned more regularly.

All buses will now have regularly touched areas, such as poles and doors, wiped down with disinfectant each day.

TfL also said it is at the final testing stages of a "new, longer-lasting cleaning agent" that would provide anti-viral protection for up to 30 days which it hopes to begin using across the network in the next couple of weeks.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I'm doing all I can to work with Public Health England and other experts to keep Londoners safe so I'm pleased that TfL is stepping up enhanced cleaning across the transport network.

"Along with trialling new longer lasting cleaning fluid, this will help reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.

"I want to reassure Londoners and visitors that the advice from experts is to continue with our daily lives as normal, including using public transport."

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Public Health England has stated that there are currently no specific concenrs about using public transport.

In the meantime, they continue to urge everyone to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, before eating and when arriving at work or home.

It is believed that the virus can be passed on through contaminated surfaces, which is why washing hands is so important.

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TfL's director of health, safety and environment, Lilli Matson, said: "We want to give Londoners and our staff peace of mind that their safety is our priority, which is why we have enhanced our already rigorous cleaning regime.

"A lot of our cleaning goes on when stations are closed or trains are out of service, so, to provide additional reassurance, teams will be cleaning areas that are frequently touched throughout the day, in addition to the enhanced cleaning regime that all bus garages will be carrying out."