This is the powerful moment Good Morning Britain paid tribute to the 100,000 people who lost their lives to the coronavirus.
It took the morning newscast more than six minutes to show pictures and tell stories of some of those who passed away from the illness last year.
The latest figures showed that 100,162 people had died in the UK within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.
Mike Hinds, who died ten days after he was 80 years old, was among those whom Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid paid their respects. “He had a lifelong interest in engineering, conservation and railways,” said Susanna.
“In his younger years he was an avid rally driver and took part in the grueling five-day rally in Monte Carlo and won his class. His son Steve remembers him as a warm, loving, and dedicated father. “
In the meantime, Piers shared the story of Katie Horn, 21, who was “happy and full of life.” “She had just renewed her passport to go on vacation with her boyfriend Jamie,” he said.
“She was a beautiful person inside and out with a smile that lit up her face. Katie was a practitioner at a young age and studied at a young age. She loved children and the children in her care loved them. “
Susanna also told the tragic story of the black taxi driver and father of three Trevor Bell. “He was spat at by a passenger trying to dodge a £ 9 fare who claimed he had the virus,” she explained.
“Trevor stopped working and got sick four days later. He died three days after his 61st birthday. He was with his partner Kelly for 28 years.
“He loved reggae music, supported Arsenal and watched his 13-year-old Finlay play football.”
The poignant honors continued, including Abbas Ahmed, 40, a Greater Manchester Police officer who served on the Stretford Response Team. He has been described as “the biggest brother in and out of work.”
“Gentle and Kind” Elizabeth Lewis, who died at the age of 95, was also remembered by the program. She has been described as “resilient” who had an “relentless love for her family”.
And then there was the story of Jim Parse, who survived Dunkirk and “played an important role in D-Day” and received France’s highest military award. He died on November 4, 2020 at the age of 102.
Viewers used social media to praise the programming for the segment, calling it a “touching tribute”.
“That was beautiful, can’t stop crying,” wrote one person on Twitter. “I lost my grandpa last year and it just goes to show that so many families are grieving.”
“It was so moving it made me cry. It’s a shame it had to be [GMB] That is what the Prime Minister should have done, ”wrote another commentator.
A third Twitter user added, “It gets pretty emotional this morning to see how massive this tragedy is, as well as the total incompetence and arrogance of a government that has allowed it.”
A fourth praised the programmers: “This was one of the most sobering clips I’ve ever seen. Very well done, GMB.”
In a news conference yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he deeply regrets every life lost in the pandemic and insisted that the government do everything in its power to minimize deaths and suffering.
“I think on this day I should really repeat that I am deeply sorry that all my life has been lost and of course, as Prime Minister, I take full responsibility for everything the government has done,” he said last night.
“What I can tell you is that we have really done what we could and continue to do everything we can to minimize the loss of life and suffering at a very, very difficult time …
“And a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do so, just as any government affected by this crisis around the world continues to do so.”
Speaking of the 100,000 deaths, Mr Johnson said it was “difficult to calculate the grief contained in this dismal statistic: years of life lost, family reunions not attended and, for so many relatives, the missed chance to say goodbye in the first place.”
But union leader Sir Keir Starmer said the prime minister had “shown reluctance to take tough decisions” throughout the crisis when Britain passed the “terrible milestone” on Tuesday.
“I believe our government is behind the curve at every stage,” he told reporters when speaking out against the “national tragedy.”
“There was a reluctance to make difficult decisions when they needed to be made.
“And here we are today with this terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid.”
Good Morning Britain airs every weekday from 6am on ITV.