Nationwide silence this morning to honour coronavirus heroes

The people of Coventry will join the nation in taking part in a minute’s silence at 11:00 am to honour key workers who have given their lives.

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The people of Coventry will join a nationwide tribute this morning to the key workers who have given their lives in the fight against COVID-19.

A minute’s silence will be held on Tuesday, 28 April at 11:00 am across the UK.

It will honour all those who have died working to help others during the pandemic, as well as being a tribute to those still on the frontline every day risking their own health.

The silence coincides with International Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual event to remember those who have lost their lives while at work, and the theme this year is coronavirus.

Workers from across a whole range of professions have united in the fight against COVID-19, from health and care workers to those in education, shop workers, delivery drivers and many, many more.

The silence will honour every profession, and Coventrians are being urged to help show the city’s gratitude and join the tribute.

The Leader of Coventry City Council, Cllr George Duggins, commented on the silence, saying: “We owe a debt of gratitude to our frontline workers that we can never repay – they are there every day caring for us and our loved ones, keeping us safe and helping us in so many ways.

“We have seen the tremendous response across our city on Thursday nights, when people stand on their doorsteps and clap and cheer for our key workers and we know that many thousands in our city will be paying their respects on Tuesday.

“It will be a very different silence to those we have known before. We cannot stand shoulder to shoulder with colleagues, or join mass tributes in our city centre, but we can all stop for a minute in our homes or in our work, and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry, Cllr Linda Bigham, added: “Our wonderful key workers, from so many professions, have shown tremendous courage in these terrible times.

“They are often isolated from family and working long hours, but they keep on going to make sure the vulnerable are protected and to help us all through this crisis.

“I know the people of our city will be grateful for this opportunity to show their thanks for these brave workers and their families.”

For more information on the minute’s silence, search for #NeverForgotten on social media.