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Book of condolence opened for virus victims

A book of condolence has been opened to remember all those in Middlesbrough who have lost their lives to Covid-19.

The latest figures in relation to the global outbreak show that Middlesbrough has recorded 950 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, while there have been more than 200 recorded deaths at James Cook University Hospital.

Middlesbrough Council is now proposing that the town pay tribute to those residents who have lost their life to the devastating virus.

The book of condolence will be online only and will ask Middlesbrough residents to help remind everyone that behind the statistics are people's friends and family members whose "memories should be shared and their stories told".

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "The Covid-19 has been a tragic and horrendous time of sacrifice for all and deep loss for those personally affected.

"While we are now working to restart the town and make sure the effects of this dreadful, dreadful virus are battled, we must not forget that so many people have been taken from us.

"Those people should be celebrated and remembered - not as a victim of the Coronavirus but as loved and important members of our community.

"Their memories should be shared and their stories told."

Sign the book of condolence now.

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