On 5th March 2020 Worldometers reported the first two deaths of Covid-19 in the UK, a woman in her 70s in Reading and a man in his 80s in Milton Keynes who died later that day.
In his press conference on 21st February 2021, the Prime Minister made no mention of this upcoming tragic first anniversary, but instead focused only on getting lockdown lifted in England, ignoring the other three Nations of the United Kingdom.
The National Health Action Party is therefore contacting the heads of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Government with a request that we create a United Kingdom day of remembrance in the same way we do for armistice day.
We owe it to the memory of the more than 120,000 people lost to Covid-19 in the last year, including around 900 NHS and care staff and many other essential workers, and the many people who died in the last year in the context of the pandemic, that we create a day to pay tribute to them and celebrate their lives.
We ask that all TV and radio stations and social media companies hold a minute’s silence at 12pm on 5th March 2021 in their memory.
We ask that during sport events for the weekend of 5th to 8th March black arm bands be worn and a minute’s silence at all games be held.
We hope that everyone in the UK will join in, with stores and shops and their customers taking one minute out of the day at 12 noon on 5th March.
Let us come together as one United Kingdom to hold a national day of mourning, remembrance and celebration on 5th March 2021.