World News – GB – Lib Dem leader wants memorial to frontline workers who died in Covid-19 pandemic


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NHS staff and key workers who died during national coronavirus fight should be given their own memorials to mark their sacrifice, Liberal Democrat leader said

Speaking on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, Sir Ed Davey said he wanted to see a memorial built near Parliament for those who perished while participating in the battle against the pandemic

The Whitehall Cenotaph was built to mark the end of World War I and is now the site of annual commemorations to honor those who died serving in the armed forces to protect the United Kingdom

Former cabinet minister Sir Ed said, in addition to a national war memorial, there should also be a place in the capital to ‘remember those brave heroes’ who died in either taking care of people or helping to maintain society during Covid

Almost 50,000 people have died in UK after being diagnosed with coronavirus, official figures show

In July, Amnesty International revealed that the UK had one of the highest death rates of Covid-19 health workers in the world, with more than 540 dead

In addition to taking the lives of doctors, nurses and caregivers, those working on the front lines of public services have also died after contracting the virus

Transport for London last month reported that another bus driver had died, bringing the total to 45 in London alone

Sir Ed, who became permanent leader of the party in August, told the PA news agency: “As I attend the cenotaph as the Liberal Democrat leader for the first time, I will think of the enormity of the millions of sacrifices people did so that we could live in a free and safe country

“Participating in Remembrance Sunday during the lockdown should make us all think about the extraordinary sacrifices key workers, especially health and care workers, have also made throughout the coronavirus pandemic to ensure our security

« I sincerely hope that one day we will have a monument in Westminster to those who have died in the service of this terrible pandemic, so that we may remember these brave heroes, as we remember with gratitude our strength armies that put themselves in danger in the service of our country « 

The country is preparing to mark Remembrance Sunday differently this year, with social distancing restrictions in place across the UK and a full lockdown in effect in England

The UK government has urged councils to ensure that memorial services are short, entirely outdoors and held in front of a limited number

But, despite allowing outdoor services, the government has insisted to event planners that the public should be discouraged from attending in person

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