At least 100 NHS and social care workers have lost their lives after testing positive for Covid-19.
The silence, organised by Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College of Nursing, took place at 11am.
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The former Love Island star partook in the sombre minute to commemorate their ‘bravery and strength.’
He wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of him and a colleague in scrubs: ‘WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU 💙A minutes silence to pay respect to all of the NHS staff and carers who have lost their lives in the fight against the coronavirus.
‘The bravery, strength and determination you showed to save the lives of others will never be forgotten. I can’t help but be moved to tears writing this. ‘
He continued: ‘A death of a colleague shakes the entire NHS family. In time I hope and expect to see your sacrifices be recognized in full. For now we stop and honour you. Rest in peace. (sic)’
The country has strived to show their gratitude to workers by taking part in the weekly Clap for Carers event and displaying pictures of rainbows – which have become a symbol of support for the NHS – in their windows.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also led a government silence today after returning to work on Monday.
He has repeatedly thanked the NHS staff who treated him while he was in intensive care with coronavirus, stating: ‘I owe them my life’.
Dr Alex’s poignant post comes after he shed tears over his coronavirus patients.
The star is currently battling the pandemic and took time out of his hectic schedule to tell Lorraine Kelly what it’s like on the front line.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on 16 April, he said: ‘[Coronavirus] is really something else. Some days it is really hard.
‘I have seen things that are difficult to see personally, and so have my colleagues, but seeing people that are otherwise going about their daily lives, being unwell, it is frightening at times.’
At the time of writing, the death toll has reached over 21,000 after another 350 people died in the UK hospitals after contracting coronavirus.
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