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Welsh party leaders pay tribute to Covid victims

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The leaders of Wales’ main political parties led tributes to the lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic at a national event of commemoration.

The event, held outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday evening, marks one year since the start of the first UK-wide lockdown.

The Wales National Coronavirus Commemorative Event, hosted by BBC news presenter Huw Edwards heard tributes from First Minister Mark Drakeford Welsh Conservative leader in the Senedd Andrew RT Davies and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price.

230321 – National Coronavirus Commemorative Event – Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Mr Drakeford said the pandemic had “turned our lives upside down”, but said the public had united “in the darkest of times”.

“It’s been a year of many sad stories, but it’s also been a year of determination and bravery, from so many people all across Wales who have worked to support us and keep us safe,” he said.

“In the darkest of times, we have come together as a nation and as a people.

“That is why, as we mark this anniversary, we can do so with a sense of hope for the future. And for fairer and better times for us all.”

230321 – National Coronavirus Commemorative Event – Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Mr Davies looked ahead to families being able to meet each other once again, but reflected on the more than 7,000 deaths in Wales which meant some members would be missing when restrictions are eventually eased.

He said: “We will not forget, but above all, we will not forget the acts of kindness from our public sector in the NHS, our carers, right across society the length and breadth of Wales.

“Some of the things that we’ve taken for granted like a smile, a hug, a kiss, sadly have been taken away from us over the last 12 months.

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