10:56 am March 22, 2021
A year after the first nationwide coronavirus lockdown, Stevenage mayor’s adviser Jim Brown has addressed the townspeople.
“As we reflect today on the many lives that have been lost, in the saddest of circumstances, or altered forever by this terrible pandemic, lending our thoughts to those who still mourn the loss of their loved ones, we should find a encouragement that a return to normalcy is within reach.
“So while today we will remember recent events from the past, we also need to look to the future and think about how we can help each other recover, heal and do our best to make sure we don’t. never have to endure a repeat of the last 12 months.
“As our city’s motto says, the heart of this city is truly in its people.
“Just look at the response of community groups, individual volunteers and key workers to the pandemic.
“Such an incredible community spirit has been fostered in our city and elsewhere, with people reaching out to those struggling financially or whose usual support network has been hampered by the restrictions.
“We have come together to demonstrate the best human qualities of selflessness, care and concern for those less fortunate. Let’s not lose that.
“Let’s not forget that we all do better when we take care of our neighbours, our friends and our family in a spirit of cooperation.
“It has been a testing time, but let’s try to make the most of it to come out of it with a new and better perspective for each other and a recovery that puts us back on track economically, environmentally and socially. “
A year after the first COVID lockdown, 43.1% of people of all ages have received their first COVID vaccine in Hertfordshire and West Essex.
In Stevenage, there have unfortunately been 160 coronavirus-related deaths in Stevenage, as of March 21.
At the time of publication, there were 36 people at Lister Hospital with the virus, two of them on ventilators.
A dedicated vaccination center at the hospital is expected to close next month as service began to wind down when the Robertson House vaccination center opened.