THE BOROUGH is marking one year since the first coronavirus lockdown was announced today with a minute’s silence at midday.

On March 23 last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Since then, the country’s official death toll has risen from 364 to 126,172.

From March 23, the positive coronavirus cases in Barnsley alone has risen from 42 to 18,112.

With the lockdowns have come tough restrictions on socialising, closures of schools, pubs and shops with many rules currently still in place.

A minute’s silence will be held at midday as part of a day of reflection for those who have been directly affected by the virus across Barnsley.

People are also being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm tonight with phones, candles and torches.

The midday silence has been organised by end-of-life charity Marie Curie.

A spokesperson for Marie Curie said: “Today we’re inviting you to come together to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

“Join us for a minute of silence at noon and find out more about the National Day of Reflection.”