National round of applause tonight in the UK for health workers

A woman applauds from her balcony to thank medical workers in Geneva, Switzerland There have been similar initiatives in Italy and Spain and other countries around the world. EPA-EFE/MARTIAL TREZZINI

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To thank the NHS workers who are working tirelessly throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the UK, Thursday 26 March at 8pm will see a #ClapForOurCarers event dedicated to them.

The Clap For Our Carers campaign will see people across the UK applaud NHS workers from the doorsteps, balconies or windows of their homes, in order to say thank you for all of their hard work.

Those joining in should applaud from their front doors, windows, gardens and balconies, making sure to keep a safe distance from other people.

People are being encouraged to live stream their participation on 26 March on social media channels.

Similar events have already been held in countries including Spain, France and the Netherlands.

Italians and Spanish people have also been singing from their balconies and playing musical instruments in order to lift the spirits of not only their families, but their neighbours during the pandemic.

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