Government to ‘pursue’ memorial for lives lost during pandemic, Boris Johnson confirms


A national memorial to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of lives lost to coronavirus will be “pursued” by the government, Boris Johnson has said.

It comes as the anniversary of England’s first national lockdown falls next week, on 23 March.

The prime minister made the revelation at Thursday’s daily Covid press briefing, during which he assured the nation that the current roadmap out of stay-home restrictions would not be derailed by the four-week shortage of vaccine supplies due to hit the UK from 29 March.

While taking questions from the media, Mr Johnson was asked by the Daily Express’ political editor, Macer Hall, whether he had given “any more thought” to a permanent memorial to honour the near 126,000 people who have died in the UK as a result of the virus.

Mr Hall also asked if Mr Johnson would be observing a minute’s silence and if he was considering making the date a national day of commemoration.

“On the idea for a national memorial, yes, we will certainly be pursuing that and a lot of suggestions for it have already come in,” the PM said.


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