THE nation is expected to fall silent in tribute to key workers who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who battled the illness himself, including a spell in intensive care, will be among those observing the minute's silence on Tuesday at 11am.

Government workers will be asked to take part and the Prime Minister's official spokesman said it is hoped others will participate "nationwide".

The Unison union, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing launched a campaign last week for the nation to take a moment to honour frontline staff who have died during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Wrexham Maelor theatre assistant Andy Treble

Between them, the organisations represent more than a million NHS and public service workers including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.

On Monday, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We will be supporting the minute's silence.

"We will be asking everybody who works in the Government to take part and we would hope that others will take part nationwide as well."

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "I am very pleased the Prime Minister is going to be taking part in the silence tomorrow.

"This moment will bring together a sombre but grateful nation. Whether in nursing or driving buses, our heroes kept going to work when many had the luxury of staying at home. Nobody should go out to work and risk their life.

"This must not be the last time that sacrifice is recognised. The country and its leaders owes a tremendous debt to these key workers and the many more who are on shift again today."

Tuesday's silence will coincide with International Workers' Memorial Day.

Tributes from local NHS trusts and loved ones have confirmed the deaths of 92 people working for the NHS since March 25.

There were people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients.

More than 20 other deaths are yet to be confirmed.

Of the workers who will be remembered during the silence is Andy Treble, 57, a theatre assistant at Wrexham Maelor.

Andy, who had come out of retirement to help during the pandemic having worked at the hospital for almost 40 years, died on April 15.

His sister, Maria Molloy, described Andy as a "kind man" who dedicated his life to his profession and "always had a smile on his face".