UK marks one year since start of first Covid lockdown today

A year since his address to the nation, Boris Johnson says the past year has been one of the most difficult in the UK’s history.

A horrific year of nearly 150,000 COVID-related deaths is being marked with sombre ceremonies across the UK on the anniversary of Boris Johnson’s first lockdown.

According to Bloomberg’s Covid-19 tracker the UK has the fifth-biggest death toll in the world.

A minute’s silence to be held at noon today in memory of those who have died and at 8pm people encouraged to stand on their doorsteps with phones, candles and torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance” as the uk marks one year since first national lockdown.

It comes as the country’s health service presses on with a vaccination program that has seen more than half of all adults receive their first dose of the vaccine, by far the fastest of all European countries.

For Johnson’s government, the vaccine roll-out is a chance at redemption after a year punctured by indecision over imposing coronavirus restrictions and a faltering start to the U.K.’s test-and-trace system.

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Today marks one year since the start of the first Covid lockdown

The year that has passed has been long and challenging. We’ve lost so many family and friends. We’ve been unable to embrace loved ones for large periods, businesses have ceased trading and countless jobs have been lost.

What has not changed is our desire to beat Covid-19 and reclaim our lives. Our communities have united like never before by following strict impositions on our routines and coming together to ensure relatives and neighbours confined to their homes have been able to access food and other essential provisions.

Collectively we’ve supported each other through this horrendous nightmare and will continue to do so. We owe it to the NHS and key workers, including those in our own local authorities who have battled so hard to deal with the pandemic on the frontline, to keep following the rules. They have shown public service at its finest. Thank you for all that you continue to do to protect yourself, your communities and the great region we’re all proud to call home.

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