Chrissie Emerson, pictured on the treatment investigation unit in 2017.

People in West Norfolk are being asked to observe a silent tribute at 11am today (Tuesday) to remember the healthcare and other key workers who have died amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be paying silent tribute to their colleague, healthcare assistant Chrissie Emerson who died after contracting coronavirus.

Everyone in the UK is urged to take a moment to remember. The  silence – held on International Workers’ Memorial Day – will allow people to unite in paying respect for the lives of those whose work involved caring, saving lives and providing important services.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “For every minute this pandemic continues, people are making extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe and run our vital services. The least we can all do is spare a moment to pay our respects and show our gratitude to all the key workers who have lost their lives.”

The silence is also an opportunity to think about all those workers who are continuing to keep the country safe and functioning, the union said.