Applause rings out across UK in second Clap for Carers and key workers

Brits have come out in full force to clap for carers and key workers on the frontline of the coronavirus battle.

A national round of applause rung out across the UK at 8pm tonight, in what appears to be becoming a weekly tradition.

Last Thursday thousands of people across the UK showed their appreciation as they applauded and cheered from their doorsteps and balconies for NHS and social workers.

Tonight people did not disappoint, with videos showing grateful members of the public bashing pots and pans together to cheer on all key workers. As well as the NHS and social workers, people thanked shop workers, teachers, police and delivery drivers as they put their hands together and clapped for a minute.

Here are a few scenes from across the country

Earlier today, Number 10 said Mr Johnson will look to find a way to participate in the celebration despite remaining in self-isolation.

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‘The PM definitely wants to find a way of expressing his continued appreciation for the fantastic efforts that NHS staff are making and the PM would urge as many people as possible to take part tonight’ his spokesman said.

Due to the success of the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign, there have been widespread calls for a round of applause to be held every week as the NHS continues to fight the crisis.

A statement on the Clap for our Carers website read: ‘Every Thursday evening at 8pm we’ll be standing up and applauding all those who care for us and are ensuring our world can keep on turning.

‘We hope you will join with your family and neighbours in showing thanks to those whose work outside, means so many of us can be inside at home or can be looked after and supported with selfless dedication.’

Shortly after Britain’s show of appreciation last Thursday, the NHS posted on Twitter: ‘That was emotional.’

As well as people coming together to clap, London landmarks lit up in blue with thank you messages for the NHS.

Tonight saw BBC and ITV stop airing programmes at 8pm to encourage more people to take part in the campaign.

Today’s show of appreciation comes after the daily death toll jumped by 569 – the highest jump in 24 hours since the outbreak began.

It took 17 days for the number in the UK to pass 200, and has taken a further 12 days to nearly reach 3,000.

As part of a package of measures to ease pressure on the health service, Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed today that the government would be writing off £13.4 billion worth of NHS debt and had plans to expand coronavirus testing to 100,000 per day by the end of the month.

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