Downing Street backs calls for minute of silence for NHS staff to remember fallen heroes – The Sun

DOWNING Street has backed calls for Brits to hold a minute of silence for NHS staff who have died fighting coronavirus.

The death toll from COVID-19 for Britain's heroic NHS staff reached 43 while they still have to fight to get adequate protection.

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A spokesperson for No10 said today: "The Secretary of State was asked about (the minute of silence) this morning. We are actively looking at it. We think it is a good idea."
It is understood that the Government support the idea but are looking into exactly how it would work.

The details are expected to emerge over the next few days.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also said he thought it was a "very good idea" and he was looking into it.

He told BBC Breakfast: "As Culture Secretary I have responsibility for things like ceremonies and minute-silences, we are actively looking into that and think it is a good idea."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also joined the call for recognition of NHS staff earlier today.

He said: "Our key workers are literally putting their lives on the line in the fight against coronavirus.

"That is why Labour wholeheartedly supports the call for a minute's silence in honour of all those on the front line who have died from coronavirus."

Trade union giant Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives started the call for all Brits to join in a minute of silence at 11am on 28 April.

The shocking death toll of NHS workers is likely to be even higher, as reporting of numbers can take time, and some may not have been tested for the deadly virus before passing away.

The true number could be around 95 healthcare heroes who have been died from coronavirus. 

Unison General secretary Dave Prentis said: "This is the ultimate tribute to remember workers who've lost their lives and put themselves in harms way to keep us safe and vital services running.

"Every year the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic."

An 84-year-old retired nurse who rejoined the NHS to fight coronavirus, has become the latest victim to the virus.

Last week, a heavily pregnant 28-year-old nurse was another tragic death from coronavirus.

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A No10 spokesman said: “The NHS is doing a fantastic job and the nation will want to find a way to say thank you when we have defeated this virus.”

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