Region falls silent in remembrance of key workers who have died amid coronavirus pandemic

The region fell silent at 11am for one minute in tribute to key workers who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospitals, emergency services and town centres all paused to mark the sombre occasion.

Unison, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal of College of Nursing launched a campaign last week for the nation to take a moment to honour frontline staff who have died during the Covid-19 crisis.

Between them, the organisations represent more than a million NHS and public service workers including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.

It comes as health secretary Matt Hancock revealed that of the 21,092 people who had died of coronavirus in UK hospitals, 82 were NHS colleagues and 16 worked in social care.

This was the scene in Lincoln.

This was the silence being observed within the Acute Medical Unit at Doncaster Royal Informary.

Acute Medial Ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary Credit: Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate

And at the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate, which was officially launched by Captain Tom Moore last week, retired paediatrician Dr John Puntissays there are many more who have died serving the public to remember also.

A group of trade unionists and supporters paid tribute to key workers outside Sheffield town hall Credit: PA