Britons flock to their doorways to applaud the hard work of NHS staff

‘Thank you!’ Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte lead nationwide tribute to NHS workers as Britons take to their doorsteps in their millions to salute NHS workers with applause, fireworks and lit-up landmarks

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of the young Royals clapping together
  • Hundreds of thousands flocked to doorways, balconies and gardens to give heartwarming round of applause
  • The incredible sound of hundreds of thousands of hands coming together echoed across Britain from 8pm
  • The London Eye, the Wembley Arch and the Royal Albert Hall were among the landmarks that were lit up blue 
  • The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged to show NHS workers we are grateful’
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Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte have led hundreds of thousands of Britons in showing their appreciation for the NHS who are slaving away day and night to try to stem the number of deaths from the lethal coronavirus.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of the young Royals – six, one and four respectively – laughing and clapping together in a garden.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.’

The Queen, who is staying at Windsor Castle, added the country is ‘enormously thankful’ for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services.

People flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause and lit fireworks from 8pm as the country came together.

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Principality Stadium and Lincoln Cathedral were among the landmarks lit a vivid ‘NHS blue’ during the emotional salute.


Left: Mel and Cody, Harriet and Lara clap for the NHS. Right: Leanne, Indie and ivy also took to their doorstep with homemade signs 

A huge message of thank you is broadcast from the iconic Wembley Stadium in London as people flocked to their doorways to clap NHS staff 

Residents in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS in a tear-jerking show of national unity in the face of a growing crisis 

The London Eye is pictured a stunning, vivid shade of blue as it was lit up in the capital to support the hardworking NHS staff

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak took a moment to step outside 10 Downing Street to lead the cheers 

Barbara Leigh, 93, (second left) rings a bell for the NHS, with her family who are all staying together throughout the lockdown and are pictured in their front garden across the road from Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester

Another view shows Tower Bridge in central London lit up NHS blue as the Shard stands tall behind it on Thursday night 

People pause in the street in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, to join in the incredible national applause for the NHS on Thursday night

Nick and Karen Giddens and their dog Macy in Leicester join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorstep on Thursday night

The Pollard family of Outline, near Huddersfield,West Yorkshire, give a minute’s applause for NHS workers on Thursday night

Droves of people left their homes for a few minutes to give a huge round of applause for our hard working NHS staff. Pictured: South west London

Seven-year-old Alice Wilkinson joins her mother Anna outside their house in Manchester during the Clap For Our Carers

The Shard towards over central London with its tip flashing a bright blue across the capital as Britons flocked to celebrate the beloved NHS

A police officer smiles and joins staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in a national applause for the NHS

In other developments to the UK’s coronavirus crisis today: 

  • Police were accused of an ‘over the top’ response to the UK’s coronavirus lockdown as it emerged they have set up road blocks to stop and quiz drivers on a whim and even chased dog walkers and ramblers with drones;
  • One of the government’s top advisers said the UK’s epidemic will get worse before it gets better but could peak by Easter;
  • Dyson has been handed an order of 10,000 ventilators from the Government – as long as the machines pass early tests;
  • Retailer Boots begged people not to turn up demanding tests because it has yet to receive any;
  • Royal aides tried to trace anyone Prince Charles has met in the last fortnight after he tested positive for the disease;
  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out a package of support for self-employed workers at this afternoon’s press conference.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

Chief nursing officer of the NHS Ruth May said she appreciated the national salute planned to honour NHS workers.

Ms May said: ‘Nurses and midwives in our care staff are working around the clock. They are working so hard. And I have a very huge personal thank you to make to them.

She said she felt ‘very humble, very proud, and a clap for our carers will mean so much for all of our NHS staff and social care teams as well. Thank you. I appreciate it.’

This stunning photograph shows Olympic Way leading on to the iconic arch which turned the north London skyline blue this evening

People in a Northampton street applaud in support of the NHS and smile together during the incredible moment of national unity

People in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, come out on to their balconies to join in the and smile as they clap our heroic NHS staff

NHS staff respond as people in Blackpool join in a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies

People in flats wave the Scottish flag in Glasgow as they join in the national applause for the NHS from their balcony at 8pm

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Principality Stadium, Lincoln Cathedral and Tyne Bridge (pictured) are among the landmarks that will be lit ‘NHS blue’ during the emotional salute

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said. Pictured: The Town Hall in Liverpool on Thursday night

St Georges Hall and St John’s Beacon is lit up with ‘NHS blue’ lights in Liverpool as a sign of admiration for the National Health Service

Staff outside the St James’s University Hospital in Leeds wave to people applauding them from their balconies this evening

People in Woodford Green, London, descended on the streets to join in the national applause for the NHS as they stay away from other families to abide by social distancing

Shabir Kharas who was delivering food to venerable people still late into the night made time at 8pm to clap for the NHS

People in Northampton left their houses for a short while as they clapped the NHS. Britain is in lockdown and people have not been free to leave their homes under normal circumstances  

Staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital join in the country-wide clap for the NHS workers on Thursday evening

Staff from the Royal Liverpool University Hospital join in a national applause for the NHS as people across the country showed their appreciation to them

A sign by Wembley Park Tube Station in London that thanks the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle the coronavirus

The SSE Hydro in Glasgow is lit up in ‘NHS blue’ in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle the lethal coronavirus during Thursday night’s heartwarming salute

Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City FC is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff on Thursday night

Manchester Central Railway Station is lit up in blue tonight. Hardworking nurses and NHS staff have been going flat out to stem the number of deaths from the coronavirus

The tower restaurant at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff

Britons flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause – which echoed across the nation from 8pm. Pictured: The Blackpool Tower shows solidarity tonight

A stunning shot from Wembley Stadium in north London  shows a huge ‘Thank You NHS’ message plastered on the side of the iconic landmark

A London-based intensive care nurse added to MailOnline: ‘It’s such a nice appreciation for the staff and we really are thank for it. We all really appreciate it.

‘Nurses don’t want to be heroes, we don’t want to be that, we just want people to not be sick and not have to come into us. We don’t see ourselves as heroes, this is just what we do on a daily basis.’

Clap For Carers is part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you.

Piers Morgan, Chris Moyles and Kate Garraway were among the celebrity presenters who said they backed the event.

Radio X presenter Moyles rallied his listeners to ‘make some noise for the thousands and thousands of people [in the NHS] that we’ll probably never meet, just to say ‘thank you’ for everything they are doing for us’ with a powerful message.

Britons living in Wapping Wharf, Bristol, come out on to their above and below balconies to join in the national applause tonight

People applaud in front of big screen in Piccadilly Circus, central London. Gary White and Chuck Crampton, who jointly started the #lightitblue campaign, said all venues will use existing LED technology to create a flash of blue on facades and screens

Residents in Saltburn By The Sea come out of their homes to hold a mass applause to show support for NHS staff and front line medical workers

NHS staff at Blackpool Hospital smile as they respond as people in the city join in thanking them for their hard work in battling the deadly coronavirus over the past few weeks

A Union Flag is flown from a window as residents in Saltburn By The Sea come out of their homes to hold the mass applause in the seaside town in North Yorkshire

Gary White and Chuck Crampton, who jointly started the #lightitblue campaign, said all venues will use existing LED technology to create a flash of blue on facades and screens.

It means people at different sites will be able to show their support while staying at home in line with current Government advice during the pandemic.

In a statement, they said: ‘The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.

‘The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.’

Taxi drivers get out of their cabs to clap at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and cheer staff this evening in Liverpool city centre

The Lowry theatre in Salford, Manchester, lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle coronavirus

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.’ Pictured: Tawstock Court in Barnstaple

Wembley stadium is seen lit up from the entrance to Olympic Way. It is blue for the Clap For Our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

Dr Olivera Potparic Anestesis applauds her colleagues after finishing a 12-hour shift at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

People applaud outside their flats in Wembley, north London, during the Clap For Our Carers campaign on Thursday evening

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council released this incredible shot of Redcar Pier lit up in blue as it stretches into the sea

Pictured: The Tyne Bridge in Newcastle. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘I applaud the NHS, I clap for the NHS, I love the NHS. Well done everyone who works for the National Health Service and our care services and all the GP practices and everywhere else’

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also recorded a video message and said he wanted to thank every person working in the NHS in London and around the country. Pictured: People in London hang out of their windows

One man holds a child aloft as they stand on their doorways to clap the NHS workers trying to beat back the coronavirus epidemic raging across Britain

Members of the public clap outside their homes on in London for the ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign

MediaCityUK in Manchester is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff who are trying to battle coronavirus

Belfast City Hall in the centre of the Northern Irish city is lit up in support of the NHS, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues

Northern Spire Bridge in Sunderland is lit up in blue in a gesture of thanks to the hardworking NHS staff. It reflects off the water as it rises above the River Wear

The P&O cruise ship Aurora off the White Cliffs of Dover spells NHS in lights, as people join in a national applause for health service workers

Local council enforcement officers stop to pay respects to the NHS as Tower Bridge and the Shard are illuminated in blue

Titanic Belfast is illuminated in stunning colours support of the national Health Service and its hard working staff members 

The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, is seen with a lit up sign for the Clap For Our Carers campaign in support of the NHS

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 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also recorded a video message and said he wanted to thank every person working in the NHS in London and around the country.

He added: ‘You truly are the best. Your hard work, dedication and courage is saving lives every single day and we need you now more than ever before. I urge everyone to join together and applaud for our NHS.’

ICU nurse, 28, ‘is told by health bosses to prepare her WILL’ before treating coronavirus victims

Amber Cowan, 28, works at a hospital in Glasgow and claims managers told her to get her will sorted

Amber Cowan, 28, works at a hospital in Glasgow and claims her managers told her to get her affairs in order before starting her first night shift on a COVID-19 ward.

She wrote on Twitter this week: ‘Getting told at 28 to make sure you have your pension and will sorted. First nightshift in intensive care and we are short staffed.’

Although it wasn’t official advice, another NHS doctor told MailOnline yesterday: ‘A friend who is 28 told me they had made their will. 

‘I have heard people say, ‘I want to get coronavirus so that I will be immune.’ It doesn’t work like that.

‘If you do not take this seriously, you are condemning someone to potentially dying with a nurse they don’t know, because we are not allowing visitors in hospitals. That, or dying at home. That is the reality of it.’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘I applaud the NHS, I clap for the NHS, I love the NHS. Well done everyone who works for the National Health Service and our care services and all the GP practices and everywhere else.

‘You’re doing a fantastic job and I think the whole country has begun to realise how much we rely on you and on each other to get through this particular crisis. Thanks a lot and well done.’

But NHS frontline staff are currently treating patients diagnosed with the deadly bug without World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended protective clothing.

Terrified doctors and nurses have hit out at the Government for failing to provide them with enough gloves, masks, aprons and goggles amid the pandemic.

Britain’s death toll from the killer bug jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed across the home nations, making today the UK’s darkest day yet in the escalating outbreak.

Health officials also said more than 2,100 new patients had tested positive for the life-threatening infection, meaning almost 12,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded here.

The British Medical Association warned yesterday that NHS staff will die if they are not given sufficient protective clothing while they treat patients with the virus.

The doctors’ union slammed Public Health England for falling short of WHO guidelines. Medical staff in other countries are given full hazmat suits, but PHE experts say their is no evidence full bodysuits are needed.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘We are working around the clock to give the social care sector and wider-NHS the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak.

‘We have delivered millions more items of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff at care homes, home care providers and hospices as well as to hospitals, ambulance trusts, GP practices and pharmacists.

‘The full weight of the Government is behind this effort and we are working closely with industry, social care providers, the NHS, and the army to ensure the right equipment continues to be delivered.’

Britain’s growing coronavirus death toll today jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed across the home nations, making today the UK’s darkest day yet in the escalating outbreak. 

Health officials also more than 2,100 new patients had tested positive for the life-threatening infection, meaning almost 12,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded in Britain. 

It comes after the UK yesterday posted 43 coronavirus deaths, sparking hope that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unprecedented lockdown was working to control the ever-worsening crisis.

But officials changed the timings of how they counted deaths, with yesterday’s total only taking into account an eight-hour period. Today’s shocking figure represents a full 24-hour count.

The daily death count is not only a count from overnight – the toll can include fatalities hospitals have only just processed, for example patients whose post-mortems have just come back.

Government scientists have admitted there is likely to be 1,000 infected patients for every death recorded in Britain – suggesting the true toll is in the region of 600,000. 

Number 10 has faced fierce criticism for its controversial policy to only test patients in hospital, meaning only a fraction of cases are being spotted and leaving the true scale of the UK’s outbreak a mystery.

The latest statistics came as Rishi Sunak finally announced a coronavirus bailout for millions of self-employed workers as the Chancellor unveiled plans to hand them cash payments of up to £2,500 a month.

A week after announcing a massive rescue package for employees, the Chancellor announced support for taxi drivers, musicians, gig economy workers and freelancers.

Saying he knew people were ‘worrying about their jobs and incomes’, Mr Sunak said: ‘You have not been forgotten.’

But at a press conference in Downing Street he also delivered a stark warning that the government ‘will not be able to protect every single job or save every single business’ as the deadly disease brings the economy grinding to a halt.

Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz join the Beckhams in nationwide applause as they lead stars ‘clapping for their carers’ during the COVID-19 lockdown

Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz and the Beckham family joined a slew of stars in a nationwide applause in honour of NHS workers during the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday.

The couple appeared in a video along with some of their James Bond co-stars for the applause which rang out across the nation, as healthcare staff continue to place themselves in harms way to care for those with COVID-19.

Joining Daniel and Rachel in sharing their applause on social media were a slew of stars including David and Victoria Beckham, Phillip Schofield, Gemma Collins and Rochelle Humes.


We support you! Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz (left) and The Beckham family (right) joined a slew of stars in a nationwide applause in honour of NHS workers during the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday



Sensational: Rachel and Daniel appeared in a video along with several of their James Bond co-stars including Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris, leading a round of thunderous applause for NHS staff

Rachel and Daniel appeared in the applause video posted to the official James Bond social media account, along with Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris.

The post was simply captioned: ‘Thank you to everyone, everywhere, who is working to keep us safe.’

Victoria Beckham also shared a video of husband David leading the applause along with their sons Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and their daughter Harper, eight.

As they applauded, Victoria said behind the camera:  ‘So us Beckhams are clapping to show our thanks to all the people working for the NHS, the doctors the nurses, keeping us safe, working so so hard.’

Also among the stars was Katie Price, who posted a video alongside her oldest son Harvey, thanking the NHS for their help and still taking care of her son during the epidemic.

In the video she said: ‘Me and Harvey would like We want to say a massive ty to everyone all the social house carers, nurses, doctors, everyone helping at this moment in time. Harvey gives a massive thank you.

Well done! David joined sons Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and daughter Harper, eight, in applauding for the healthcare workers, as Victoria thanked them for keeping members of the public safe

‘And you’ve been amazing with Harvey’s medication and everything so just keep well and thank you.’

Frankie Bridge also took to her doorway with her husband Wayne and sons Parker, five and Carter, four, to cheer and clad for the NHS.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

Chief nursing officer of the NHS Ruth May said she appreciated the national salute planned to honour NHS workers.

Ruth said: ‘Nurses and midwives in our care staff are working around the clock. They are working so hard. And I have a very huge personal thank you to make to them.


Happy: Also among the stars was Katie Price, who posted a video alongside her oldest son Harvey, and Frankie Bridge who stood on her doorstep to applaud the health workers

She said she felt ‘very humble, very proud, and a clap for our carers will mean so much for all of our NHS staff and social care teams as well. Thank you. I appreciate it.’

A London-based intensive care nurse added to MailOnline: ‘It’s such a nice appreciation for the staff and we really are thank for it. We all really appreciate it.

‘Nurses don’t want to be heroes, we don’t want to be that, we just want people to not be sick and not have to come into us. We don’t see ourselves as heroes, this is just what we do on a daily basis.’

Clap For Carers is part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you.

Piers Morgan, Chris Moyles and Kate Garraway were among the celebrity presenters who said they backed the event.

Radio X presenter Moyles rallied his listeners to ‘make some noise for the thousands and thousands of people [in the NHS] that we’ll probably never meet, just to say ‘thank you’ for everything they are doing for us’ with a powerful message.

‘He’s leading his people already!’ Royal fans left swooning over ‘adorable’ clip of Prince George with Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as they clap for NHS staff and volunteers

Royal fans have been left swooning after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared an adorable clip of their children applauding the NHS.

Prince George, six, lead his two younger siblings Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, who turns two next month, in a loud round of applause in a short clip shared on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Instagram page.

The trio joined people from around the country as they took to their windows to show their appreciation for the efforts produced by the key workers, NHS and volunteers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of those who watched the clip were charmed by the ‘adorable’ children as the Cambridges clapped and laughed during the video, with one commeting: ‘Love to see Prince George leading his people already.’

Royal fans were left swooning over the clip of Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five and Prince Louis, who could be seen applauding warmly in a short video shared on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Instagram page (pictured)

The Instagram post read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by covid19: thank you.’ 

In the adorable video, the three Cambridge children could be seen standing in a garden while applauding loudly.

While Prince George lead the applause, Princess Charlotte could be seen offering a shy smile.

Meanwhile Prince Louis appeared to gaze up at his elder siblings as he joined their clapping tribute.  

 

Social media users were left swooning by the adorable clip, with one commenting ‘they’re all so big’ 

The trio are currently living with their parents at the family’s Norfolk home, Amner Hall, where Prince George and Charlotte are being homeschooled. 

Royal fans loved the video and gushed over the three children as they smiled and chuckled at the camera.  

One said: ‘Aww that’s so cute. They are all so big.’  

‘Oh, so sweet! Can’t get over how much little Louis in particular has grown. Beautiful little family,’ said another. 

Many royal fans took to social media to gush over the adorable video, which was shared by Kensington Royal earlier today 

One added: ‘They’re so cute,’ said one. 

‘Thats the best thing I’ve seen all day,’ said another.

‘Look at them, my heart,’ gushed another excited fan. 

The trio were among hundreds across the nation who  flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause and lit fireworks from 8pm as the country came together.

The trio could be seen applauding loudly in the video, which was shared to the Kensington Royal Instagram account this evening

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Principality Stadium and Lincoln Cathedral were among the landmarks lit a vivid ‘NHS blue’ during the emotional salute.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

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