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Boris Johnson and fellow leaders return to day of reflection on anniversary of first COVID lockdown




British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Lakeland Forum Covid-19 vaccination center on March 12, 2021 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHARLES MCQUILLAN / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson and other leaders supported a national day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the first coronavirus lockdown. (Getty)

Boris Johnson joined support for a national day of reflection to mark the anniversary of the premiere COVID confinement.

Marie Curie charity plans day of reflection, who will remember all who died from the virus, by March 23.

The date is exactly one year since the government imposed the first nationwide lockdown, telling people to stay home.

The retreat, which is supported by more than 100 healthcare organizations, charities, businesses, emergency services, public sector organizations and community groups, will include a minute of silence at 12 p.m. followed by an audible signal.

People will be encouraged to stand at their doorsteps at 8 p.m. with phones, candles and torches to signify a lighthouse of remembrance, while important buildings and landmarks across the country will also be illuminated.

Watch: bereaved families call for a national day of reflection

The day will also see community-led activities, such as virtual assemblies, choirs, services and yellow ribbons wrapped around trees.

A series of free online lectures with experts, bereaved families and celebrities will also take place, hosted by the Good Grief Festival.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 145,647 deaths occurred in the UK on February 26, where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Read more: UK now has one of the lowest COVID infection rates in Europe

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will observe the noon minutes of silence privately, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford are also supporting the day of reflection.

Johnson said: This has been an incredibly difficult year for our country. My thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones and who have not been able to honor them as they would have liked.

As we continue to make progress against the virus, I want to thank people for the sacrifices they continue to make, and I hope they can look forward to being reunited with their loved ones as restrictions are carefully relaxed.

Marie Curie CEO Matthew Reed said: The past year has been one of the most traumatic and unifying in modern history. With so many of us losing a loved one, our shared sense of loss is incomparable to anything this generation feels.

Many of us have been unable to say goodbye or comfort our grieving family, friends and colleagues. We need to recognize this and recognize that we are not alone.

That is why on March 23 it is important that we all come together to reflect on our collective loss, celebrate the lives of the special people who are no longer here, support those who have been bereaved, and envision a much better future.

Watch: What UK Government COVID-19 Support is Available?

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