A one minute’s silence will be held at 11am today to remember the key workers who have died from coronavirus.
Over 100 health and social care workers have lost their lives to COVID-19, including 16 care workers who have died in hospital in England, according to the BBC.
The news comes after three unions – UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives – urged politicians, employers, people at work and those on lockdown at home to join the tribute.
Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford will all be observing the minute’s silence and it’s hoped that all employers, politicians, those on lockdown and people at work will do so too.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We will be asking everybody who works in the government to take part and we would hope that others will take part nationwide as well.”
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said too many health and social care staff had lost their lives, adding: “We owe it to them to make sure they’ve got the right equipment, in the right place, at the right time.”
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For every minute this pandemic continues, people are making extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe and run our vital services.
“The least we can all do is spare a moment to pay our respects and show our gratitude to all the key workers who have lost their lives.”
The silence is also an opportunity to think about all those workers who are continuing to keep the country safe and functioning, says UNISON.
A spokesman for the GMB Union said: “We should also remember those members, colleagues and family friends, who have sadly passed away due to the coronavirus, and support and celebrate those who have safely recovered having received care from our wonderful NHS and social carers.
“We should also take part on the day in memory of all workers that have passed away due to bad health & safety practices in the workplace, including COVID-19.”