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