BORIS Johnson tonight led the nation in the Clap for Carers – as our frontline workers are saluted in the battle against coronavirus.
The PM was back outside 10 Downing Street to enthusiastically applaud after two recent hospital trips have seen him fight for his life and welcome a baby boy.
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In what has become a weekly ritual Brits stood on their front steps and leaned out of windows to cheer for the frontline workers.
People banged pots and pans and clapped as hard as they could to show their thanks amid the pandemic.
The PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds posted an emotional tweet, as she recovers from giving birth to their son.
She said: “Clapping again for our tremendous carers tonight and wishing hero @captaintommoore a very happy birthday.
“I also have another wonderful reason to thank the NHS this week too Thank you so, so much!”
And Mr Johnson added: “Tonight I proudly clapped outside 10 Downing Street for our fantastic NHS and carers. Thank you all for everything you are doing.”
All the major landmarks across the country also light up blue during the tribute, including the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Cathedral.
He promised an extensive plan to end the lockdown would come next week – as Britain is now “past the peak” of the virus.
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Organisers of Clap for our Carers came up with the idea to help the NHS heroes feel loved and appreciated by the public.
Many communities have also used the clapping to uplift the nation’s spirit during these unprecedented times.
The warning came from cops despite Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick joining the crowds two weeks ago, where hundreds of people were seen ignoring social distancing guidelines.
Videos of large gatherings of people doing Clap for Carers on Westminster Bridge have circulated online, with Brits particularly criticising officers for joining in a fortnight ago.
However, the scenes were repeated again last week when police joined the crowds, but Ms Dick chose not to attend.
Today, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said officers would continue to join the 8pm tribute, but that the public would be sent away if they do not have a reasonable excuse for being there.
It is a rise of 674 on yesterday’s tally – with data now combined to include deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
The rise is among the lowest recorded in England this month – and is considerably lower than any other daily rise recorded by NHS England on a Thursday in April.
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It comes as researchers at the University of Warwick believe a “rolling age-release strategy” to let younger people out earlier combined with social distancing is the safest way out of the UK’s lockdown.
They say over 50’s should remain under lockdown for longer than younger Brits and fined if they can’t prove their age when they are out.
Others are hopeful a new vaccine will bring the UK out of the lockdown.