One year ago today, the British public sat down in front of the TV to watch the prime minister make a statement which would turn all of our lives upside down.
The country was plunged into lockdown as a the spread of a deadly new disease called coronavirus quickly took over the country – and the globe – and turned into a terrifying worldwide pandemic.
As we retreated indoors to follow stay at home orders and protect ourselves and our peers, many of us thought it would only last a matter of weeks. Yet 12 months on, Covid-19 still dominates our everyday lives.
Queues outside supermarkets, wearing face masks, work video calls and long walks in the park have become commonplace.
Phrases such as ‘social distancing’ and ‘furlough’ were unknown in pre-pandemic times, but are now part of our daily language.
And holidays abroad, nights out clubbing and hugging our friends have become a distant memory.
But although a year marked heavily by loss, grief, missing loved ones and yearning for adventure has brought us a lot of heartache, it has also brought us some small glimmers of positivity for the future.
Renewed recognition for our hardworking healthcare workers, a national outpouring of love for a previously unknown man called Captain Tom, and hope in a vaccine to save lives across the globe. And an appreciation for the smaller things in life we may not have considered before.
Below Metro.co.uk summarises the last year of the coronavirus pandemic, in both heartbreaking and heartwarming pictures.
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