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Thousands cheer and clap in nationwide round of applause for heroic NHS workers

Thousands cheer and clap in nationwide round of applause for heroic NHS workers

Thousands clapped and cheered for the NHS this evening (Picture: PA/ Sky News)

Thousands of people across the UK have opened their doors and windows to applaud NHS workers dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

Starting at 8pm, members of the public showed their gratitude for those working tirelessly on the frontlines of the pandemic. Among them, were Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who stepped outside 10 Downing Street to give their round of applause.

Others whopped and cheered in support, while some families were pictured holding signs directly thanking the NHS. Kensington Palace also got in on the action by sharing an adorable clip of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clapping together at home in Norfolk.

There was also clapping at Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are staying, while Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were said to have joined in from the Balmoral estate in Scotland.

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak applaud outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap for our carers campaign in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson made sure to join in (Picture: London Source)

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Families came outside their homes (Picture: Sky News)

SALTBURN BY THE SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Residents of Leven Street in Saltburn By The Sea gather in their doorways, front gardens and street outside their homes as they have done all this week and hold a mass applause to show support for NHS staff and front line medical workers as well as raising their own morale as the UK adjusts to life under the Coronavirus pandemic on March 26, 2020 in Saltburn By The Sea, United Kingdom. Residents do this at 6pm each evening and intend to also join in with the nationwide applause planned for 8pm later the same evening. Organisers of the Clap for our Carers have asked the public to show their appreciation for the doctors, nurses, GPs, emergency workers and pharmacists involved in helping care for those affected by Covid-19 and other sick patients. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to at least 198 countries, claiming over 21,000 lives and infecting more than 470,000 people. There have now been 9,529 diagnosed cases in the UK and 465 deaths. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

It was an emotional moment (PIcture: Getty Images)

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Children joined in the clapping (Picture: Backgrid)

People in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, come out onto their balconies to join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: XXXXXXX/PA Wire

People in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, clap on their balconies (Picture: PA)

Organisers from the Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, said they set up the gesture to ensure NHS staff ‘know we are grateful’. Today’s applause came after a further 115 people died from Covid-19 – the UK’s highest daily increase from the virus so-far.

Other countries, such as Italy and Germany, have already been clapping for their health workers nightly as a result of the viral challenge. There are now calls for the UK to make it a nightly occurrence.

As well as tonight’s applause, landmarks such as the Wembley Arch, the Principality Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral were all lit up in blue to honour the work of the NHS.

It was part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you to the UK’s health workers.

Charlotte, Louis and George clapping for NHS

Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince George adorably clapped at home (Picture: @kensingtonroyal)

Families stand in front of their houses to give applause to show support for health workers dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, in a residential street in London Thursday, March 26, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Entire roads came out to show their support (Picture: AP)

Staff outside the St James's University Hospital in Leeds, wave to people applauding them from their balconies, during the national applause for the NHS, from people's doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Staff outside St James’s University Hospital in Leeds waved to those clapping outside (Picture: PA)

MERCURY PRESS. 26/3/20. Liverpool, UK. Pictured: Staff from the Royal Liverpool University hospital react emotionally to people paying tribute to them this evening in Liverpool city centre

Staff from the Royal Liverpool University hospital react emotionally to people paying tribute (Picture: Iain Watts/Mercury Press)

Images taken outside British hospitals showed NHS staff waving to those applauding them with smiles on their faces. In some areas, fireworks were set off by members of the public, while others played musical instruments.

Among those who joined the clapping in Northern Ireland this evening was a pastor who is recovering in hospital after spending a week in intensive care with coronavirus.

Father-of-three Mark McClurg, from Co Down, posted a video of him applauding from his hospital bed, with oxygen lines attached to his nose.

He said: ‘Thank you so much, thank you all the NHS staff. We love our NHS, we love you all, thank you for saving our lives.’

Wembley Arch in London is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle coronavirus. A national salute for the frontline healthcare heroes is taking place across the UK with a mass round of applause from doorsteps, windows and balconies on Thursday at 8pm. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire

Wembley Arch in London is lit up in blue (Picture: PA)

NHS staff at Blackpool Hospital respond as people in Blackpool join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

CNHS staff at Blackpool Hospital respond to the applause (Picture: PA)

MANCHESTER, - MARCH 26: Barbara Leigh, aged 93, (second left) rings a bell for the NHS, with her family who are all staying together throughout the lockdown, from their front garden across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The

A family in Manchester shows their support (Picture: Getty Images)

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The clapping started at 8pm (Picture: Jeff Moore)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND- MARCH 26: Residents in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS on March 26, 2020 in Northampton, United Kingdom. The

Residents in a Northampton street applaud the NHS together (Picture: Getty Images)

Tweeting the video, he wrote: ‘Thank you to the team in the Ulster Hospital for saving my life from the Coronavirus. I love you and I am so thankful for all your hard work.’

Earlier today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘My colleagues in the NHS do so much to look after us, especially in our hour of need and never more so than during the coronavirus crisis, so let’s join together at 8pm tonight to say thank you to everyone in the NHS.’

The Queen also said the country is ‘enormously thankful’ for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services.



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