At 11am on 28 April a minute’s silence is to be held for key workers who have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The minute’s silence is scheduled to be held on International Workers’ Memorial Day, which every year commemorates workers who have died around the world.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said: “This is the ultimate tribute to remember workers who’ve lost their lives and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and vital services running.

“Every year the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic.

“Thousands of key staff are on the frontline while the rest of us are in lockdown. That’s why we’ve issued this call for the whole country to take part and remember the sacrifices they’ve made. The best tribute we can all pay them is to stay inside to protect the NHS.

“The minute’s silence is a thank you to all the workers including nurses, midwives, cleaners and care staff who’ve died from this devastating virus.”