THE United Kingdom, but predominantly England, continues to record dozens of coronavirus deaths every day.

As of yesterday, the virus has now claimed the lives of at least 43,000 people

And while the daily figure has dropped significantly since its peak back in May, every number is someone's loved one - a parent, a sibling, a grandparent.

Thankfully the NHS was never overrun and could cope with the number of patients being admitted.

It is thanks to those doctors, nurses and medical staff that the number is not higher.

Sunday marks 72 years of the National Health Service.

Nationally, and locally, people are being asked to observe a moment's silence to mark the occasion, remember those we have lost and to pay tribute to the heroes working in hospitals across the country.

It will be a sombre occasion for those who have lost family and friends during the last three months.

But the biggest tribute you can pay to victims and health workers is to continue playing your part in controlling the virus.

In just a few days pubs and restaurants will reopen.

If you do decide to go out please respect the new rules in place on social distancing.