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Tragic secret of the yellow hearts springing up all over Britain: Mourning families put signs in their windows in tribute to their loved ones who have died from coronavirus

Tragic secret of the yellow hearts springing up all over Britain: Mourning families put signs in their windows in tribute to their loved ones who have died from coronavirus
Mourners grieving for loved ones who died of coronavirus are being asked to stick a yellow heart in their windows. 
Hannah Gompertz's grandfather David came up with the idea when his wife died of coronavirus at the beginning of May.
David wanted his neighbours to realise what he was going through, and placed the 'yellow symbol' in his window in the hope it would help put a personal story behind the daily death figures.
Some 34,466 people have died from coronavirus in the UK so far.
In a Facebook post Ms Gompertz said: 'Very sadly our Grandma has passed away after contracting Coronavirus. 
Hannah Gompertz's grandfather David came up with the idea to place a yellow heart in his window (pictured) when his wife died of coronavirus at the beginning of May
Hannah Gompertz's grandfather David came up with the idea to place a yellow heart in his window (pictured) when his wife died of coronavirus at the beginning of May
'Our Grandad was on the phone this morning and wanted people to understand, not only the number of people who have died due to this virus, but how many people have been affected due to the loss of a family member or friend.'
She revealed her grandfather wanted the yellow heart to be a symbol that showed 'how the country is covered with families that have lost somebody and been touched by this pandemic'.
A Facebook page set up on May 10 for others to pay tribute to people who have died from the pandemic has racked up 3,200 members in six days.
David said: 'Although every day on telly we hear the number of people that have died. 
'These are just numbers that don't mean that much but if every family that lost somebody dear put a yellow symbol in their window, on their door or the pavement, people would realise the extent of this personal and national tragedy.' 
A Facebook page set up on May 10 for others to pay tribute to people who have died from the pandemic has racked up 3,200 members in six days
A Facebook page set up on May 10 for others to pay tribute to people who have died from the pandemic has racked up 3,200 members in six days
David wanted his neighbours to realise what he was going through
He placed the 'yellow symbol' in his window in the hope it would help put a personal story behind the daily figures
David wanted his neighbours to realise what he was going through, and placed the 'yellow symbol' in his window in the hope it would help put a personal story behind the daily figures
Families grieving for their lost loved ones have shared their stories on the Facebook group.
Speaking to the BBC about the group, Hannah added: 'It's really emotional looking through all the pictures and stories, because it's really upsetting to hear what other families are also going through.
'And it makes the numbers feel a lot more real, because when they are just a statistic it can pass straight over your head really.'
One mourner, Sian Di Marco, revealed she lost her father on April 28, a day after his 62nd birthday.
She wrote: 'He was previously in good health with no underlying conditions. As a family we are still in absolute shock that he has gone, myself, mum and sister were allowed to be with him during his final moments, he'd been fighting hard for 2 weeks, 10 of those days he was on a ventilator.
Sian Di Marco, revealed she lost her father (pictured) on April 29, a day after his 62nd birthday
Sian Di Marco, revealed she lost her father (pictured) on April 29, a day after his 62nd birthday
'He was a much loved husband, dad and pops and out life's will never be the same again.' 
Another, Livvy Fruhmann, lost her mother, 60, at Royal Bournemouth Hospital on April 10.
Ms Fruhmann wrote: 'She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last year and after fighting it, it had returned and she tested positive.
'Luckily I was able to see her to say goodbye with my sister on FaceTime, as she lives in Austria and wasn't able to get back to the UK.
'My mum was an incredibly brave woman who was adored by many.' 
It comes as Britain recorded another 468 coronavirus deaths on the first Saturday since the draconian lockdown was eased, taking the UK's official fatality toll to 34,466. 
Families grieving for their lost loved ones have shared their stories on the Facebook group
Families grieving for their lost loved ones have shared their stories on the Facebook group
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the figures, which are down by 30 per cent from last Saturday's 346, at tonight's Downing Street press briefing, where he defended the Government's controversial decision to reopen schools in England next month. 
The Government does not provide a breakdown of how many deaths occurred in different settings, such as hospitals or care homes, but at least 181 of today's fatalities definitely occurred in hospitals because NHS England reveals new deaths recorded by trusts every afternoon.    
Scotland (41), Wales (18) and Northern Ireland (four) do add care home deaths to their daily updates - but the nations do not provide a clear breakdown of how many fatalities occurred in each setting. 
Livvy Fruhmann revealed she lost her mother, 60, at Royal Bournemouth Hospital on April 10
Livvy Fruhmann revealed she lost her mother, 60, at Royal Bournemouth Hospital on April 10
It comes amid reports Public Health England could be axed after widespread criticism of its testing strategy, which has lagged behind the majority of countries in Europe. 
More than 240,500 people have been officially diagnosed with the viral disease but the true scale of Britain's outbreak is considerably larger because of a controversial decision to abandon a widespread swabbing regime early on in the crisis. 
Government officials suggesting up to 6.6million are likely to have caught it in England alone. Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives that he was planning a review of 'a number of institutions' once coronavirus is beaten back.   
Mr William also expressed sympathy to students affected by the outbreak during the Downing Street briefing, saying: 'At this time of year, GCSE and A-Level students would have been making final preparations for their exams while other students would have been enjoying their summer term.
In a Facebook post Ms Gompertz revealed her grandad David wanted to show how many people had lost a loved one to the pandemic
In a Facebook post Ms Gompertz revealed her grandad David wanted to show how many people had lost a loved one to the pandemic 
'If you're one of them, as I've said before, I can only say how sorry I am that this has all happened to you this year. The sacrifices that you have had to make through no choice of your own. But the impact that this coronavirus has had on your life has made things so incredibly tough for all of you.'  
'They stand to lose more by staying away from school,' he said. He praised teachers for 'going above and beyond the call of duty' for continuing to teach children of key workers, as well as making sure resources were available at home for children at home. 
'You have simply been outstanding and we are so grateful for what you've done,' he said. 'We have been quite clear all along that we'd only start inviting more children when our five key tests have been met. That position has not changed nor will it.' 
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed another 468 Britons had died from coronavirus at tonight's Downing Street press briefing, where he defended the Government's controversial decision to reopen schools in England next month
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed another 468 Britons had died from coronavirus at tonight's Downing Street press briefing, where he defended the Government's controversial decision to reopen schools in England next month
But he added: 'We can now start the planning for very limited return to school for some pupils potentially as early as next month. There is a consequence to this, the longer that schools are closed the more that children miss out. 
'Teachers know that there are children out there that have not spoken or played with another child their own age for the last two months. They know there are children from difficult or very unhappy homes for whom school is the happiest moment in their week, and it's also the safest place for them to be.'  
Regarding testing and tracing, Mr Williamson added: 'School staff can already be tested for the virus, but from the first of June we'll extend that to cover children and their families if any of them develop symptoms. Together these measures will create an inherently safer system where the risk of transmission is substantially reduced for children, their teachers and also their families.' 

People flocked to Brighton today on the first day of eased restrictions amid fears of a second outbreak of infections
People flocked to Brighton today on the first day of eased restrictions amid fears of a second outbreak of infections
People flocked to Brighton today on the first day of eased restrictions amid fears of a second outbreak of infections
Mr Williamson added that full and detailed guidance had been issued after working closely with people in the sector. He continued: 'It goes without saying that we will be carefully monitoring the impact of this first phase.' 
He said the return was in line with other European countries in terms of getting schools, colleges and nurseries back. 'I know lots of you will be worried about sending your children to school. Every one of us wants the very best for our children and I know how stressful this time has been for families across the country. 
'I want to reassure you that this approach is based on the best scientific advice, with children at the very heart of everything we do. 
'Education is one of the most important and precious gifts that we can give any child.' Mr Williamson said 'it is thanks to their teachers and the support of their teachers that they are safe and happy'. He said that children who do not have support at home 'will be the ones who fall furthest behind.' 
It came after bosses behind dozens of primary schools in England backed plans for pupils to return to classrooms, despite strong opposition from teaching unions.

The Peak District National Park said that the Langsett area at the north-eastern edge of the park was 'extremely busy' on Saturday morning, making social distancing difficult (pictured, walkers crossing the River Dove in Doverdale today)
The heads of four academy chains - Reach 2, Harris, Oasis and GEP - which teach a quarter of the UK's children, have all thrown their weight behind government proposals to reopen schools by June 1, according to The Times.
Unions warned that doing so would put both teachers and students at risk of contracting coronavirus. Many parents remain divided over whether to send their children back while the pandemic is still very much raging.    
Sir Steve Lancashire, chief executive of Reach 2, the country's biggest primary multi-academy trust (MAT) with 50 schools, told the newspaper: 'Our intention is to open all of our schools for the priority year groups, and will do so as long as the rigorous risk assessments we carry out for each school gives us the reassurance we need that we can keep our pupils and staff as safe as possible.'
MAT schools work independently from local authorities and are able to set their own rules and regulations. They also cater to some of the country's most disadvantaged children, who could suffer if attempts are made to stop a return, Oasis Charitable Trust's founder said.
Steve Chalke called the opposition 'rather middle class' and said it could pose great risk to children 'stuck in a council block, with no fresh air, no exercise and little or no nutritious food.'
However, Hartlepool in County Durham, has now joined Liverpool in saying it would ignore the plan to let some primary school pupils back.
The largest doctor's union also backed the teachers' representatives today, saying they are 'absolutely right' to argue it is unsafe for schools to open next month.
Police have been stopping day-trippers heading to the beach despite changes to government rules as an estimated 15 million leisure trips are expected to be made this weekend (pictured, on the A23 near Patcham today)
Police have been stopping day-trippers heading to the beach despite changes to government rules as an estimated 15 million leisure trips are expected to be made this weekend (pictured, on the A23 near Patcham today) 
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday SNP ministers would not take a 'cavalier' approach to reopening, adding that pupils will not fully be back in classes until at least August.
Boris Johnson ordered the closure of schools on March 18, just days before the national lockdown was introduced, with many remaining open to look after vulnerable children and those of frontline key workers.
Under new government plans to ease the country out of lockdown, children in reception, Year 1 and Year 6 could start back on June 1 with smaller class sizes, of no more than 15, with procedures in place to limit the spread of the virus.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson this week demanded teachers union do their 'duty' and stop their blanket objections to the proposed phased return.
In response Britain's second-largest teaching union, NASUWT, threatened to sue school chiefs if they put teachers 'at risk'.
The union, which has 310,000 members, wrote to headteachers, academy bosses and local authorities to outline their stance.
School governer Sadie-Marie Murray says she won't be letting her  boys Samson, 9, Charlie, 7, and Elias, 4, return to school until she had '100 per cent assurance that schools can maintain the social distancing measures required to keep my children safe'
School governer Sadie-Marie Murray says she won't be letting her  boys Samson, 9, Charlie, 7, and Elias, 4, return to school until she had '100 per cent assurance that schools can maintain the social distancing measures required to keep my children safe'
In the letter the union said: 'No teacher should be expected to go into a school that is not safe and until it can be demonstrated that it is safe to do so we will be continuing to support and advise members on that basis.'
Meanwhile, Public Health England could be axed after widespread criticism of its rolling on the UK's testing fiasco, Boris Johnson told Tory MPs last night.
The Prime Minister informed a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives that he was planning a review of 'a number of institutions' once coronavirus is beaten back, according to the Times.
Tory MPs are furious at what they see as PHE's hampering of efforts to develop viable antibody tests that could potentially allow people who have had the virus to return to work and life to return to something approaching normal.
Jennifer Bailey, 42, who is CEO of Carla shoes, wants to keep her two daughters, who have five and seven, in education without disruption and is looking forward to the girls going back to school
Jennifer Bailey, 42, who is CEO of Carla shoes, wants to keep her two daughters, who have five and seven, in education without disruption and is looking forward to the girls going back to school
In the virtual meeting last night Mr Johnson also warned he will not freeze NHS pay or return to austerity to get Britain out of the economic black hole caused by coronavirus.
The Prime Minister insisted his plans to revitalise left-behind parts of the UK would go ahead to stimulate economic growth amid signs that the UK is already in a pandemic-induced recession.
Mr Johnson was asked whether austerity would be part of the response but said quite the opposite: in fact he would spend more on infrastructure projects and the Northern Powerhourse.
He spoke a lot about the government we must address the concerns of the poor, saying it was important to look after them.
Asked whether nurses could expect a pay freeze as part of any recovery plan the PM, who spent a week in intensive care being treated for coronavirus, said 'absolutely not. Anyone who suggests that can sit on it', according to the Telegraph.
The PM said this was a completely different Tory government to anything known before, pointing out that many working class people had entrusted them with their vote.
He laid out his 'grandmother's footsteps' plan to end the lockdown as he vowed to accelerate his domestic agenda in the wake of the virus.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis backed the approach this morning, tweeting: 'Pleased to hear Boris Johnson dismiss austerity as a way to pay off the deficit after the crisis.
Asked whether nurses could expect a pay freeze as part of any recovery plan, Mr Johnson (seen with Carrie Symonds at the Clap for Carers on Thursday) said 'absolutely not'
Asked whether nurses could expect a pay freeze as part of any recovery plan, Mr Johnson (seen with Carrie Symonds at the Clap for Carers on Thursday) said 'absolutely not'
'To attempt it would be economic nonsense. It should be paid off over 50 years, along with some limited QE (quantitative easing).'
In the virtual meeting with Tory MPs, the Prime Minister said he would speed up his plans to reform hospitals, schools and the police.
He told them his aim was to 'build a platform' for this country to recover from the 'once-in-a-generation shock and repay the trust of those who put us here'. And he vowed not to bring back austerity.
Mr Johnson also explained that he wanted to ease the lockdown in such a gradual way that it would not provoke a second wave of the disease.
This is similar to the playground game of 'grandmother's footsteps', in which children have to creep up on the grandmother to avoid provoking her.
The PM said the government had to be very careful when dealing with this virus, saying it was a question of driving forward very cautiously.
But he said he wanted to come out of the lockdown as quickly as possible.
The PM spoke to about 150 of his MPs, although many complained they could not hear him because so few participants had 'muted' their computers.
Mr Johnson talked about not letting the crisis define the UK, and not to let it get in the way of the country's ambitions.
He vowed to push ahead on the domestic agenda on hospitals and police, and said he would go faster on building better infrastructure and education.
Mr Johnson also defended his government's record on testing, saying the UK was testing more people per head of population than any other country bar two.
Meanwhile, police have been stopping day-trippers heading to Brighton today despite changes to government rules as an estimated 15 million leisure trips are expected to be made this weekend. 
The British public has been warned by authorities in Brighton and Hove, Whitby, and Scarborough this week not to flock to beauty spots and has been told roads would close if they became too busy.
Seaside towns and national parks are worried about the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections as city dwellers descend upon parks and beaches on the first weekend since lockdown was eased.
The Peak District National Park said that the Langsett area at the north-eastern edge of the park was 'extremely busy' on Saturday morning, making social distancing difficult.
Visitors seemingly flocked to the area despite people being asked to 'think carefully' before visiting national parks and beaches. On Twitter, park bosses in the Peak District said: 'This area (Langsett) is reported to be extremely busy with car parks currently full and social distancing difficult.
'Please don't travel to the area or park outside of designated bays.'
Police officers are stopping cars and asking people where they are going, despite clear government guidance explaining that people can head out on extended day trips.
Live tracking data indicates that there were more cars on the roads at 1pm today than at the same time last Saturday, as 15 million leisure trips are expected to be made this weekend.  

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