A Year Lost To Covid – The Key Moments Of The Pandemic As The UK Marks A Year Since Lockdown
The UK is marking its first year since it entered lockdown
It is one year since the UK entered its first national lockdown. After a historic year battling the pandemic, PoliticsHome sets out the key moments from the past 12 months.
The UK is set to commemorate the first anniversary of lockdown with a national moment of silence to remember the more than 126,000 people who have died during the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the anniversary would offer an "opportunity to reflect on the past year – one of the most difficult in our country’s history."
"We should also remember the great spirit shown by our nation over this past year.
"We have all played our part, whether it's working on the front line as a nurse or carer, working on vaccine development and supply, helping to get that jab into arms, home schooling your children, or just by staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus," he said.
"It's because of every person in this country that lives have been saved, our NHS was protected, and we have started on our cautious road to easing restrictions once and for all."
After a year which has seen three national lockdowns, businesses closed for months and a profound shock to the UK and global economy, PoliticsHome has set out the key moments of the battle against Covid-19.