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Nation unites for minute's silence to honour NHS heroes who died fighting coronavirus

The minute’s silence was marked at 11am as the nation came together to remember those who have given their lives on the frontline in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Politicians as well as NHS staff, bus drivers and scientists joined the minute of silence from all over the UK on Tuesday to pay tribute to frontline workers. Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “We owe workers who have died at work – and those who continue to risk their lives during the coronavirus pandemic – a vision of a better future.


“Join me in observing a minute’s silence at 11am today to remember those who have lost their lives.”

Writing on Twitter, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, said: “As we observe a #minutesilence at 11am I’ll be praying for all the #NHS staff and #carers who died serving others so selflessly.

“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.”

The charity St John Ambulance joined in the sorrow of NHS colleagues saying: “Today at 11am, we stand alongside our NHS colleagues and join a 1 #MinuteSilence to pay tribute to health and care workers who have lost their lives while helping others in the #COVID19 pandemic Green heart#OneTeam.” 

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Nation unites for minute’s silence to honour NHS heroes who died fighting coronavirus (Image: PA)

Boris Johnson joined the UK in marking the minute’s silence (Image: BBC)

The MET Police also commented on social media: “Today we will pay our respects and take part in the #minutesilence at 11am.

“On International Workers Memorial Day, we honour the brave frontline key workers who have sadly lost their lives whilst caring for and saving others during the coronavirus pandemic.”

According to a recent report from the Health Service Journal, 106 members of NHS staff have died because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the number of confirmed doctors and nurses who have lost their lives because of the outbreak officially stands at 86.

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Keir Starmer said the UK “owes” workers risking their lives a “better future” (Image: ITV)

Nicola Sturgeon also joined in the minute of silence (Image: ITV)

Commenting on the minute of silence, Mr Hancock said: “At 11am today, let’s all stop for a minute’s silence to remember and pay tribute to all those NHS staff, key and critical workers who have tragically lost their lives in the #coronavirus pandemic.”

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The Health Secretary on Monday announced the death in service scheme will be expanded to cover all NHS doctors and nurses, as well as social carers who are killed in the pandemic.

Families will receive £60,000 in compensation for the death of the loved ones.


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Scientist in a new coronavirus research lab in Milton Keynes joined the minute of silence (Image: BBC)

Other essential workers have also paid tribute to NHS staff who have died (Image: BBC)

Air ambulance services joined NHS colleagues in their pain (Image: BBC)

The minute of silence came hours after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed the death toll of people who died of COVID-19 in hospitals across England and Wales is 35 percent higher than the Government’s estimates as of April 17.

The ONS said it had recorded 21,284 deaths which included COVID-19 on the victim’s death certificate up until that date compared with 13,917 in the Number 10’s daily hospital death statistics.

In order to appeal to as many people as possible, members of the Royal Family try not to get political. The Queen is supposed to remain politically.

The figures also reported 4,316 deaths connected to the coronavirus taking place out of hospital in England and Wales registered up to April 17.

Of these, 3,096 took place in care homes, 883 in private homes, 190 in hospices, 61 in other communal establishments, and 86 elsewhere.

The equivalent figure for hospital deaths over this period is 14,796.

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