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With cases rising, UK marks 2 years since 1st virus lockdown

Boris Johnson
Posted at 11:37 AM, Mar 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-23 11:37:01-04

LONDON (AP) — Britain is pausing to remember thousands of lives lost to the coronavirus, two years to the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged the country into lockdown with the command: “You must stay at home.”

Offices, schools, restaurants, shops and playgrounds were shut under a strict lockdown imposed on March 23, 2020.

It lasted for about three months.

Members of bereaved families tied yellow ribbons to Westminster Bridge beside Parliament on Wednesday, and a minute’s silence was held at noon.

The prime minister said “those lost to COVID will never be out of our hearts and minds, and today we reflect as a nation.”

A public inquiry into his government’s handling of the pandemic is due to begin within weeks.