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UK’s minute tribute to health workers

International 29 Apr, 2020 Follow News

Millions in the UK paid their respects

The UK observed a minute's silence to commemorate the key workers who have died with coronavirus. Millions of people around Britain honoured the fallen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to work on Monday, joined the tribute at 11am on Tuesday.

More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus, as have many transport and other key workers. There has been an alarming rate of black and Asian key workers dying which has caused much concern in ethnic communities.

Families of doctor and nurses who died has called on the government to issue a public apology for issues with personal protective equipment (PPE).

People across the country paused to join the minute's silence. Dame Donna Kinnair, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said she was "heartened to hear how many people took part".

In Northern Ireland, assembly members halted business to observe the silence, in Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford and other Welsh ministers were among those paying respects in Wales, and in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led the tribute in Edinburgh.

The latest daily figures on Monday show a further 360 people died with the virus in UK hospitals, taking the total number of deaths to 21,092.

This number includes 82 NHS staff and 16 care workers who were confirmed to have died in hospital in England. A separate BBC News analysis of published figures found that at least 114 health workers have died with the virus across the UK. It is not known where they contracted Covid-19.

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