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Coronavirus: Day of reflection to mark one year since first lockdown

A national day of reflection is being planned to mark one year since the first coronavirus lockdown. It will take place on Tuesday 23 March – the same date people across the UK were told to stay at home for the first time last year. A minute’s silence will be held at 12pm, followed by a bell ringing. People are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with phones, candles and torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance”. Prominent buildings and landmarks across the UK will also be lit up. Organisers want it to be an opportunity to remember all those who have died during the pandemic. The head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens said: “It’s also a moment to acknowledge how in adversity we saw strength, as friends, neighbours and communities have come together to help each other… While we need continuing vigilance against this virus, the remarkable NHS vaccination programme now brings hope of better times to come.”

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