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The corona crisis has been determining our lives for a year. That is why today numerous European cities have observed their victims with a minute’s silence: The dead who died in connection with a SARS-CoV-2 infection or in the isolation of the lockdown. The silence should also serve “to honor those who are suffering from the consequences of the pandemic and to reflect on our own situation – to breathe deeply in the hectic everyday struggle that we all experience,” said Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence , the request explained. He is also president of the European association of cities, Eurocities, which initiated the joint commemoration.

Children light candles in memory of Corona victims in the Old Town Square in Prague

The Czech capital Prague had already thought of the corona victims at the weekend. Thousands of white chalk crosses on the Old Town Square, the main square of the historic center, commemorate the more than 25,000 dead who, according to official figures, died of or with COVID-19. The Czech Republic is currently one of the countries with the highest incidence rates.

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Bergamo’s Mayor Giorgio Gori is planting one of the trees in Martin Luther King Trucca Park to commemorate corona victims

Italy held an act of mourning in Bergamo on Thursday last week. The capital of Lombardy, like the entire region, was hit particularly hard during the first wave a year ago. In memory of the victims, 850 trees are to be planted in Martin Luther King Trucca Park. Bergamo’s Mayor Giorgio Gori planted one of the first in the ground in the presence of Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

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July 2020: Commemoration in honor of the corona victims on the square in front of the Spanish Royal Palace

Commemoration ceremonies for COVID-19 victims have been held again and again since the beginning of the Corona crisis – on both a small and large scale. Last summer, around 400 invited guests remembered the dead on Armería Square in front of the Royal Palace in Madrid. Among them were representatives of the Spanish royal family, the government and civil society as well as EU politicians. The celebration was not only for the dead, but also for their survivors and the countless doctors and nurses who care for the sick.

In many countries, the corona crisis acts like a magnifying glass for smoldering problems – especially in the health sector. In mid-November, doctors and nurses demonstrated in the Romanian capital Bucharest after a fire in a hospital killed 11 ventilated patients.

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The black balloons represent the corona dead. The sign reads: “The public health system is sick”

Especially in the first phase of the crisis a year ago, videos went around the world of people stepping to windows and balconies in the evenings to applaud the hospital staff for their care and courage. So did the citizens of the Swiss city of Lausanne, where the Moldovan violinist Alexandra Conunova lives. Following the applause, one evening she played the “Thais Meditation” from Jules Massenet’s opera Thais on her balcony.

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The Moldovan violinist Alexandra Conunova plays on your balcony in Lausanne

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