We owe it to Covid-19 heroes to ensure their memories live on - YEP Comment

They selflessly faced an unknown threat as the grips of the pandemic tightened across the country.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 6:00 am
We owe it to Covid-19 heroes to ensure their memories live on. Picture: Shutterstock

The sheer bravery of frontline workers cannot be underestimated as a silent killer waged war on our city. But they were the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice to help protect and save the lives of others.

Today we reflect on the memories of those frontline workers in Leeds who died after contracting Covid-19.

Held every year on April 28, Workers Memorial Day remembers those who lost their lives at work or from work-related injury or illness.

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In 2019, the TUC’s 48 member unions remembered 42 people in the UK who had died through workplace accidents.

The past year has seen this number rise into the thousands, with more than 230 NHS and care staff named as having died from Covid-19 and the full figure expected to be much higher.

We owe it to their bravery and dedication to their jobs to ensure their memories always live on.

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