LONDON (AP) – Britain has a lot to think about.
A year after Prime Minister Boris John Onson blocked the country’s rapidly spreading coronavirus, Marie Curie, a charity dedicated to the end of life, organized a national day of reflection to commemorate those who died after the treaty. COVID-19.
“Whatever our faith or philosophy, let us take a moment to remember the lost, to thank them for their lives, to accept the unspeakable pain of separation,” said Prince Charles, who sponsors Marie. Curie
The UK has recorded more than 126,000 viral deaths, the highest death rate in Europe and the fifth highest in the world.
Britain is going to observe a minute of silence on Tuesday afternoon. Residents are encouraged to stand on their doorsteps with telephones, candles and lanterns at 8 pm to mark the “beacon of remembrance”.
The London skyline will turn yellow at night when attractions such as London Eye, Trafalgar Square and Wembley Stadium are illuminated. Other notable buildings that will be illuminated include Cardiff Castle և Belfast City Hall. Churches and temples plan to make bells, light thousands of candles, and pray.
“Today, the anniversary of the first blockade, is a reflection of last year, which is one of the most difficult in the history of our country,” said John Onson. “We must remember the great spirit of our nation over the past year.”
Few predicted the scale of death and grief when John Onson, in a televised address on March 23, 2020, “ordered” the British to stay home.
John Onson, who tested positive for the virus a few days after being ordered to stay at home and eventually found himself in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, has been criticized for delaying the first blockade. Italy was the first European country to be blocked earlier in March 2020, followed by Spain, Austria, the Czech Republic and Portugal. France, Belgium մեծ most of the continent.
The delay, according to many, led to the UK having the highest number of deaths in Europe during the first wave of the epidemic, despite the courageous efforts of the National Health Service, which has undoubtedly gone through its most difficult period since its inception. After World War II.
Further delays in nationwide blockades due to the easing of restrictions in the summer and autumn have also been blamed on the escalation of major coronavirus deaths, especially this year as a new, more contagious version of the virus first discovered in the south-east of England has become a major strain.
There are growing calls, especially among bereaved families, for the government to hold back the public inquiry into the epidemic. John Onson said one would come, but it would be a distraction now.
In addition to the devastating casualties, the epidemic has seriously affected every aspect of daily life. For many months, the children worked at home with their often disturbed parents, brothers and sisters, who also struggled with the realities of a closed life.
The epidemic has hit the British economy, which has been in deep recession for more than 300 years. English pubs, restaurants, theaters, hair salons բոլոր not all shops have been closed since the beginning of November, except for the blockade և within 2 1/2 weeks.
Despite recovering some of the lost produce, the economy remains about 10% smaller than it was a year ago. There are fears that many businesses, particularly those serving the public, will not be able to survive long when the government withdraws its unprecedented financial support.
There is some hope that the rapid spread of coronavirus vaccines – more than half of the adult population has already had one of the two doses they need – will mean a period of loosening of the block in the coming weeks. John Onson claims that his government plan to lift restrictions in England will be guided by “data, not dates”, but that life could be much more normal in the summer. Other UK countries, such as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have outlined similar programs.
But the confirmed cases are rising again in most of Europe,, John Onson said, adding that Britain is also likely to face a new wave of the epidemic.
“Past experience has taught us that when a wave hits our friends, it washes away our shores,” he said on Monday.
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