Latvia Unveils Huge New Statue Honoring Coronavirus Healthcare Workers All Around the World | 22 Words

Latvia has this week unveiled a beautiful new monument that honors the valiant work and efforts of healthcare workers all over the world during the coronavirus pandemic... Keep scrolling to see the touching tribute for yourself.

We are living through one of the worst pandemics the world has seen in decades.

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Since December 2019, a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus - or COVID-19, as it is scientifically referred to as - has brought the world to a total standstill.

At the initial outbreak of the deadly virus, world leaders ordered full lockdowns upon their countries...

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Ultimately forcing millions of people to quarantine at home.

Shops, restaurants, and bars have been forced to close indefinitely...

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And our once-bustling streets now lay deserted.

It has been a truly dire time.

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The virus spread has across the globe like wildfire and, at the time of writing, there are now over 9 million coronavirus cases with a further 471,000 deaths.

So, as you could expect...

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Our healthcare workers have been stretched to their limits.

All over the world, doctors and nurses have been working backbreaking hours to keep up with the influx of patients being admitted into hospitals...

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And medical researchers have been working tirelessly to find a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Never before have we been so grateful for our health care workers...

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And, as a result of their bravery and dedication, so many incredible stories of recovery have been emerging throughout the last couple of months.

For example...

There was the story of the ninety-three-year-old patient who defied all odds by beating the virus - he was seen slowly leaving the hospital, and shaking the hands of each medical worker who had fought hard to save his life.

And, when a new mom was diagnosed with the virus shortly after giving birth, she believed that she may not see her child grow up.

But, thanks to the valiant efforts of her doctors and nurses, she has since been given the all-clear, and can now return home to her child.

Footage of doctors and nurses in Egypt celebrating the recovery of one of their patients warmed the hearts of millions.

Egyptian medics were filmed surprising and embracing a Swedish patient who had just been given the all-clear.

And this patient was given the best send-off by his carers.

Medics at a hospital in Georgia gathered to applaud one of their young patients, who had recently recovered from the virus.

So many doctors and nurses have been filmed applauding their patients...

And their positivity has shined brightly throughout the entire pandemic.

The heartwarming stories are simply endless...

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And they all serve as a poignant reminder of the sheer importance of our valiant healthcare workers.

So it seems only right that a tribute be made in their honor.

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All over the world, people have been saying thank you in different ways - for instance, in the United Kingdom, the country would applaud every Thursday to show solidarity and appreciation for their medical workers.

But now, another country has given their own tribute...

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And it may just be the most beautiful of them all.

Latvia, which is situated in Northern Europe, has this week unveiled a touching monument to all the healthcare workers all over the world.

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Riga, the country's capital, has erected a statue that marks the memory of all those who have fought so valiantly against the coronavirus pandemic.

The statue depicts a female healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment with a stethoscope around her neck...

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And, standing in at twenty-feet tall, it has been christened, "Medics to the World."

The worker stands with her outstretched arms to the sky...

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Which, in itself, stands as a symbol for the many patients that she has selflessly cared for throughout this devastating pandemic.

"Medics to the World" stands outside the Latvian National Art Museum...

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And was sculpted by of the professors at that aforementioned academy, Aigars Bikše.

Bikše wants his monument to serve as a reminder of the importance of our healthcare workers.

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Mr. Bikše told Latvian TV channel "The 3-month-long lockdown period and fear for their lives has made the people change their perspective towards doctors, nurses, and other medical staff. Many just now for the first time in their lives realized the vital importance of medical staff." What an incredible tribute.

Our doctors and nurses truly are second to none.

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Keep scrolling to see the incredible celebrations made by healthcare workers for their recovered patients in New York...