Last night, Nottingham City Council lit 500 LED candles on the steps of the council house, to remember those who have passed away from Covid since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Council House’s lights were turned off for the occasion, and councillors attended, socially distanced, to pay their respects.
“This is a tragic milestone for our city,” said leader of the council Cllr David Mellen. “It is hard to put into words how much of a toll this virus is taking on our lives – the impact of each and every one of these deaths is devastating.”
Last week it was announced that 500 people in Nottingham City had died from Covid, as the country’s death toll reached 100,000.
“When we all locked down for the first time in March last year, no one could have predicted that we would see such an awful loss of life,” Cllr Mellen continued. “We cannot underestimate the effects this has on families, friends and our communities, as people have lost sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers.
“I believe it is important that we honour every single one of these city residents. We will switch off the lights of the Council House in their memory. Nottingham will not forget them.
“I would ask everyone in the city to take a moment to stop what they are doing and think about those people who are no longer with us as a result of Covid-19.”
Latest figures show a continuing decrease in Covid cases in Nottingham city from January 8, with 459.1 cases per 100,00 then, to 288.4 as of January 28.
Director of Public Health for Nottingham, Alison Challenger, said, “Our number one priority during the Covid-19 pandemic has been to keep people safe. The City Council has worked with the NHS and partners across Nottingham to make sure we all follow the latest guidance, stop the spread of the virus and support those people who need our help the most.
“We must continue to do this. The number of deaths from Covid-19 shows how real this virus is.
“By continuing to follow the guidance on ‘Hands, Face, Space’ and by getting a test for Covid-19 when we have symptoms of the virus, we are all ensuring that we protect ourselves and protect others.”