Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to those who died from covid as today marks lockdown anniversary

The First Minister has said that she is ‘thinking of all those who have lost a loved one to covid’ as today marks a year since Scotland went into lockdown.

Over the past year, more than 7,500 people have died as a result of coronavirus in Scotland as today marks the first anniversary of the UK’s covid Lockdown.

Taking to Twitter, Nicola Sturgeon said: “One year on. Thinking today of all those who have lost a loved one to Covid, and to everyone who continues to make heartbreaking sacrifices as we continue to navigate our way through this terrible ordeal, together.

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She added: “Also, many people have lost loved ones to causes other than Covid over the past 12 months.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, leaves her home in Glasgow this morning (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire).
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"The restrictions in place have made the grieving process even more difficult than it would have been - my thoughts are with you too.”

At midday today, March 23, people across the UK will stand for a minute’s silence to remember lives lost during a National Day of Reflection.

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Led by end-of-life charity Marie Curie, people are being encouraged to light up their doorsteps tonight at 8pm as a “beacon of remembrance” in a nation-wide vigil.

Prominent sites across the UK will be illuminated to pay respects to those who have passed away including the Kelpies, the Wallace Monument and the Ness Bridge.

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At First Minister’s Questions on Thursday last week, Ms Sturgeon said that on Tuesday, the Scottish Government will commemorate all those who have lost their lives to the virus in a minute’s silence.

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