Coronavirus in Scotland: Jeanne Freeman says work underway on pandemic commemoration for loss of life and sacrifice of Scottish people

The announcement comes one year after the first case of COVID was confirmed in Scotland.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:02 pm
Jeanne Freeman says work underway on pandemic commemoration for loss of life and sacrifice of Scottish people
Jeanne Freeman says work underway on pandemic commemoration for loss of life and sacrifice of Scottish people

On May 1, 2020, a Tayside resident was rushed to hospital and 12 days later the first death caused by the killer virus was announced.

Few could have imagined the devastating impact this deadly bug would cause in Scotland as the nation was thrown into lockdown on March 23.

In the following 12-months, 7,131 Scots died with the virus listed on their death certificate.

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Now on the first anniversary of the first case, work is underway to commemorate the lives lost.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the Health Secretary confirmed that she is currently speaking to health charities to find an appropriate way to mark the sacrifices people have made during the pandemic.

Details of a plan to commemorate the pandemic is expected to be released in the following days.

Ms Freeman said: “The Scottish Government is currently talking to health charities and family organisations about how we should commemorate the pandemic, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices people have made. We will say more about that in the coming days.”

The Health Secretary also thanked people across Scotland for everything they have endured over the last 12-months.

She said: “It is impossible to adequately express how grateful I am for everything people across Scotland have done and endured for the last 12 months.

“And for the tireless and unrelenting work of our health and social care staff and those who have kept out vital essential services running. We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude.”

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