Memorial to mark every Covid-19 death in Britain considered by ministers

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A MEMORIAL to mark every coronavirus death in Britain is being proposed at a centre of remembrance.

The national focal point paying tribute to the 45,000 Covid-19 deaths is being discussed by Ministers.

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Recognition would be given to hundreds of health care workers and thousands of patients who lost their lives at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Several departments in Whitehall are currently working on the plans to honour those who lost their lives.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has already said he was “very happy” to look at commemoration plans for key workers who died.

There are currently 400 places of remembrance at the Staffordshire site with 80 per cent of them for the military.

The memorial could be a sculpture or monument rather than individually naming victims whose deaths were linked to Covid-19.

Lib Dem leadership candidate Layla Moran has written to Boris Johnson about having a lasting memorial.

She said: “I know you have previously planned a memorial for NHS staff, which I wholeheartedly support, but I would ask you to reconsider and broaden this out and make a national memorial to all those lives lost due to Covid-19.

“The National Memorial Arboretum seems to me to be a fitting place for this tribute and I would urge you to instruct ministers to consider proposals on this as soon as possible.

“I believe this small gesture will offer the families affected a real sense we understand and feel their loss too.

“This all happened in a real moment of national crisis, as we rightly remember key workers who lost their lives, we must never forget all those innocent people who are now no longer with us.

“A lasting monument would help keep their memory alive.”

A Whitehall source last night said that “various options are being considered”.

 

 

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