LONDON (AP) – Britain had a lot to think about.
A year after Prime Minister Boris John Onsson shut down the country to slow the rapidly spreading coronavirus, Britain stopped on Tuesday to remember those who died after being infected with COVID-19.
The UK, which spent most of last year in blockades, recorded more than 126,000 viral deaths, the highest death rate in Europe and the highest in the world.
The country observed a minute of silence in the afternoon to remember the dead as part of Marie Curie’s End-of-Life National Meditation Day. People were encouraged to stand on their doorstep at 8 o’clock in the evening with telephones, candles and lanterns to mark a “beacon of remembrance” while the main attractions were lit.
John Onson thanked the British public for their “courage, discipline and patience” and said that a memorial to those who died during the coronavirus epidemic would be erected.
“It has been an epic of endurance and secrecy for the entire British people,” John Onson told a news conference. “Canceled children’s birthday parties, postponed weddings, daily family gatherings were simply deleted from the diary.”
Queen Elizabeth II sent bouquets to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, where her husband, Prince Philip, was recently being treated for heart disease.
“As we look forward to a brighter future together, today we pause to reflect on the grief, the loss that so many people, families, and families continue to feel, the immense service to those who have supported us throughout the past year.” he said in an accompanying note.
The London skyline turned yellow at night when the sights were illuminated, including London Eye, Trafalgar Square և Wembley Stadium. They were joined by parliaments and assemblies throughout the UK, as well as other prominent buildings, including Cardiff Castle and the Belfast Titanic.
“The emotional grief that many of us have experienced at a time when few of us have been able to connect with friends, family, and the community as we normally do is immeasurable,” said CEO Matthew Reed. Marie Curie.
Few predicted the scale of death and grief when John Onson, in a televised address on March 23, 2020, gave “very simple instructions” to keep people at home.
John Onson, who was resuscitated with the virus in the intensive care unit a few days after giving the order to stay home, has been criticized for delaying the first block. Italy was the first European country to be blocked earlier in March 2020, followed by most of the rest of the continent.
The delay, according to many, led to Britain 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 survived its most difficult period since its inception. The second war.
The further delay in re-establishing nationwide blockades following the easing of restrictions in the summer and autumn is also blamed on the escalation of major coronavirus deaths in Britain, especially this year when a new, more contagious version of the virus was first discovered in the south-east of England. dominant 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 affected every aspect of daily life, most notably the cluttered shops and terribly silent city centers.
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. Beer houses, restaurants, theaters, hair salons, non-essential items such as books, and all shoe stores have spent most of last year closed.
The economy remains almost 10% smaller than it was a year ago, and there are fears that many businesses will not be able to survive long when the government begins to withdraw 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 ease the blockade 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 – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – have outlined similar programs.
But the confirmed cases are growing again in most of Europe,, John Onson warned that they “will fall on our shores”.
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