Britain will hold minute’s silence at 11am today to pay tribute to NHS staff and key workers who have died battling coronavirus pandemic
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The nation will fall silent today to pay tribute to NHS staff and other key workers who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus.
The tribute will be led by Boris Johnson, who returned to work yesterday after being struck down by the virus, at 11am.
Government workers will be asked to take part and the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it is hoped others will participate ‘nationwide’.
More than 90 frontline NHS workers have died after contracting COVID-19 since March 25, and there have also been many lives lost in other key sectors, including private social care and transport.
Boris Johnson and rest of nation will observe minute’s silence for key workers who have died
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the Scottish Government would take part in the minute’s silence – and invited other Scots to join in.
She said the tribute would be ‘particularly, but not exclusively’ for health and care workers.
The Unison union, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing launched a campaign last week for the nation to take a moment to honour frontline staff who have died during the crisis.
UK records 360 more virus deaths
The UK today announced 360 more coronavirus deaths – the lowest daily count recorded since March 30 when just 180 fatalities were registered.
England declared 329 more COVID-19 deaths, Scotland 13, Northern Ireland 10 and Wales eight, taking the total number of COVID-19 victims past 21,000.
Although the statistics are known to drop following the weekend, the sharp fall adds to evidence that the peak of the UK’s epidemic has blown over, with April 8 known to be Britain’s deadliest day (980).
The daily death toll is 22 per cent lower than the 449 coronavirus deaths announced last Monday and half the 717 declared fatalities on April 13.
In a message of hope for millions earlier, Boris Johnson – back in charge after weeks recuperating from a serious scare with the killer disease – said we are near the ‘end of the first phase’ of COVID-19 and hinted that an ‘exit plan’ will be fleshed out within days.
However, the PM made clear there is little chance of a loosening starting soon, urging people to be ‘patient’ as it is not yet the time to ‘go easy’ on social distancing rules.
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also sounded a downbeat note this evening, telling the No10 briefing that there is still a ‘long, long way to go’.
Between them, the organisations represent more than a million NHS and public service workers including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.