The nation is expected to fall silent in tribute to key workers who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.
Boris Johnson, who battled the illness himself, including a spell in intensive care, will be among those observing the minute’s silence on Tuesday at 11am.
Government workers will be asked to take part and the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it is hoped others will participate “nationwide”.
Honour frontline staff
The Unison union, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing launched a campaign last week for the nation to take a moment to honour frontline staff who have died during the Covid-19 crisis.
Between them, the organisations represent more than a million NHS and public service workers including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.
On Monday, the PM’s official spokesman said: “We will be supporting the minute’s silence.
“We will be asking everybody who works in the Government to take part and we would hope that others will take part nationwide as well.”
Sombre but grateful nation
Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “I am very pleased the Prime Minister is going to be taking part in the silence tomorrow.
“This moment will bring together a sombre but grateful nation. Whether in nursing or driving buses, our heroes kept going to work when many had the luxury of staying at home. Nobody should go out to work and risk their life.
“This must not be the last time that sacrifice is recognised. The country and its leaders owes a tremendous debt to these key workers and the many more who are on shift again today.”
International Workers’ Memorial Day
Tuesday’s silence will coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day.
The PA news agency has confirmed the deaths of more than 90 frontline NHS workers since March 25, and there have also been lives lost in other key sectors, including private social care and transport.
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