Minute’s silence for key workers who have died

April 27, 2020

The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church has called for thanks and for prayer as the UK prepares for a minute’s silence to remember key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.

At least 90 NHS staff have died since 25 March, as have many care and transport workers, and the country will stop to remember them at 11am on Tuesday [28 April].

“Let our moment of silence give us the space to thank those who have given their own lives for others and to pray for those still doing this vital work,” said the Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, on behalf of the College of Bishops.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has backed the plan, following a campaign by the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, and Unison, the union.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, has also encouraged everyone “at home” to join the silence.

Ms Sturgeon said the tribute will be “particularly, but not exclusively” for health and care workers.

She said: “The silence will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have died as a result of their work to serve, care for and save others and it will be a further reminder that of all the duties Government bares during a situation like this, the most vital is our obligation to keep care and health workers safe.”

The minute’s silence is timed to coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the moment “will bring together a sombre but grateful nation”.