The anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown is set to be marked with a national day of reflection.

The Day of Reflection is being led by the charity Marie Curie and will take place on Tuesday 23 March. A minute’s silence will take place at 12 noon to remember everyone who has died during the pandemic. People will then be encouraged to light candles from 8pm and leave them on their doorsteps.

More than 125,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK since the start of the pandemic, according to government data.

Marie Curie said 'Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come.'

The Prime Minister has said he plans to observe the minute’s silence privately. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford have also committed to taking part.

For more information on the national day of reflection visit  National Day of Reflection | Marie Curie