This year, 2020, has been a hectic and unprecedented year for everyone. The year started off with a bang after a US drone strike, ordered by President Donald Trump, killed Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani, leading very nearly to a declaration of war. But, little did people know this wasn’t the worst thing to happen this year. A viral infection detected in Wuhan brought the world to a standstill as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, bringing unprecedented lockdowns to the majority of countries. Now, a vaccine has been found which brings light at the end of the tunnel, and here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year than the last. Express.co.uk takes a look back at this year in the form of the best tweets.
The 10 best tweets of the year
According to Twitter, the announcement of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman’s death was the most retweeted post of the year in the UK.
This also gains top place for the most-liked tweet, undoubtedly as the actor’s death came as a shock to most who didn’t even know he was suffering from cancer.
The tweet read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honour of his life to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home with his wife and family by his side.”
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The next most popular tweet was by former Love Island star Dr Alex George calling for hospital car parks to be made free for NHS staff.
Dr Alex George tweeted: “Controversial but maybe this is a good time for hospital car parks to be free for NHS staff? Retweet if you agree.”
This was followed by Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford’s open letter to MPs in regard to child poverty.
The England international, who has since gained an MBE for his campaigning, tweeted: “An open letter to all MPs in Parliament… #MaketheUturn. Please retweet and tag your local MPs.”
Comedian Matt Lucas also made the list for his impression of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Lucas took to Twitter to post a parody video of the Prime Minister following the publishing of coronavirus rules, which were deemed to be confusing by the majority of Brits.
Another tweet taking a spot on this year’s top 10 list was by NHSMillion, celebrating healthcare workers during the pandemic.
Above a video of nurses dancing in a hospital, NHSMillion tweeted: “The spirit of NHS staff is absolutely astonishing. Please RT if you’re proud. We will beat this!”
Next on the list is a tweet by CopThatCooks giving advice to domestic abuse victims during lockdown.
Above a video of a domestic abuse victim trying to call for help, the tweet reads: “If you’re in trouble dial 999. If you cannot speak, dial 55. We hear you. You are not alone.”
A humorous video by Gnuman1979 also made the list, showing a very relatable video of a sock puppet pretending to be Pacman eating the traffic outside his window, captioned: “Quarantine day 6.”
Number ten was a tweet epitomising the lockdown situation for many and the cruelty of estate agents at times, tweeted by sandybatchelor.
The tweet read: “Our letting agent asked us to make a video of the flat we are basically being forced out of. I wish them the very best of luck.”