UK to hold minute’s silence for key workers who died

UK to hold minute's silence for key workers who died

A minute’s silence has been held across the UK to commemorate the key workers who have died with COVID-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined the tribute. More than 100 NHS and care staff have died with the virus, as have many transport and other key workers.

It comes as the 18-year-old son of a doctor who died called on the government to issue a public apology for issues with personal protective equipment (PPE).

Intisar’s father, Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, who died earlier this month, had warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson about a lack of PPE before being hospitalised.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was also asked by Mr Chowdhury to apologise on LBC, and said: “I think that it is very important that we’re constantly learning about how to do these things better and I think listening to the voices on the front line is a very, very important part of how we improve.”

360 people died with the virus in UK hospitals, taking the total number of deaths to 21,092.

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