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Covid-19: UK National Day of Reflection on 23rd March 2021

Article: Jonathan White

The anniversary of the first Coronavirus lockdown is set to be marked with a national day of reflection.

Boris Johnson has backed charity Marie Curie’s plan for Tuesday 23rd March, which will include a minute’s silence and a doorstep vigil to remember those who have died from the virus.

Landmarks across the UK, such as the Shard in London, will also be lit up at night.

More than 146,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest government data. On 23rd March 2020, when the first lockdown started, that figure was 335.

On Tuesday 23rd March there will be a minute’s silence at 12pm to remember everyone who has died during the pandemic.

People are also encouraged to light candles from 8pm and leave them on their doorsteps.

National Day of Reflection 2021 poster (photo: Jonathan White)

Community-led activities, such as virtual choirs and services will also take place.

Marie Curie said: “Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved.

“Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.

“Join us on 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, for a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

“There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.”

For further information please visit Marie Curie.