People in Sheffield asked to light a candle to mark one year since first Covid-19 death

People across Sheffield are being asked to light a candle today to mark one year since the first person in the UK died of Covid-19.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 5th March 2021, 11:04 am

It is exactly 12 months today, Friday, March 5, since a 70-year-old woman in Reading reportedly became the first Briton to die after contracting coronavirus.

The virus has since claimed more than 120,000 lives in the UK and people across the country are being asked to remember them on what has been dubbed Covid Memorial Day.

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Pepple walk past a display featuring health advice in the shopping district in central Sheffield (2301 Friday GMT). (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Organisers are asking people to share their memories, poems, songs and paintings using the #CovidMemorialDay hashtag to ensure all those we have lost are not forgotten.

They are asking people to light a candle and observe a minute’s silence this evening at 7pm.

Throughout the day, people have also been encouraged to find other ways to ‘feel the loss’, like taking a pebble to the top of a hill or walking through a park they enjoyed visiting with a late relative or friend.