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Boris Johnson leads nation’s Clap for Carers after NHS saved his life as we salute our frontline coronavirus h

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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 Boris Johnson led the nation in thanking the key workers this evening

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Boris Johnson led the nation in thanking the key workers this eveningCredit: AP:Associated Press
 He heartily clapped after the NHS saved his life and delivered his baby boy in recent weeks

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He heartily clapped after the NHS saved his life and delivered his baby boy in recent weeksCredit: Reuters
 Key workers celebrated as the nation claps for them this evening

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Key workers celebrated as the nation claps for them this eveningCredit: PA:Press Association
 Jake Pickersgill, 10, from Blackpool Clapping for The Clap For Our Carers campaign this evening

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Jake Pickersgill, 10, from Blackpool Clapping for The Clap For Our Carers campaign this eveningCredit: DAVE NELSON

 

 Firefighters stood an clapped for their fellow key workers this evening

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Firefighters stood an clapped for their fellow key workers this eveningCredit: London News Pictures
 Captain Tom's family came out to clap for carers on his 100th birthday

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Captain Tom’s family came out to clap for carers on his 100th birthdayCredit: Reuters

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.”

From its beginning on Thursday, March 26, hundreds of thousands of Brits join together each week at 8pm to show support for the NHS.

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.

The PM also hosted No10’s daily 5pm press conference for the first time in a month this evening, since he was struck down by the virus himself.

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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 The PM looked ready to tackle the virus as he stood outside Number 10

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The PM looked ready to tackle the virus as he stood outside Number 10Credit: AP:Associated Press
 Frankie and Wayne Bridge showed their support for the NHS with rainbow t-shirts

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Frankie and Wayne Bridge showed their support for the NHS with rainbow t-shirtsCredit: Tik ToK
 People stood on Westminster Bridge to clap towards St Thomas' Hospital

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People stood on Westminster Bridge to clap towards St Thomas’ HospitalCredit: London News Pictures
 Police officers kept socially distanced as they made sure people clapping were being safe

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Police officers kept socially distanced as they made sure people clapping were being safeCredit: London News Pictures
 Doctors and nurses joined in the UK-wide applause

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Doctors and nurses joined in the UK-wide applauseCredit: PA:Press Association
 Other emergency services stood and applauded for the efforts of all those on the frontline

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Other emergency services stood and applauded for the efforts of all those on the frontlineCredit: PA:Press Association
 The PM has another reason to be thankful for the NHS - the safe delivery of his newest son

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The PM has another reason to be thankful for the NHS – the safe delivery of his newest sonCredit: EPA
 Brits gathered outside their homes to play music and bang pans for the NHS

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Brits gathered outside their homes to play music and bang pans for the NHSCredit: �2020 Stephen Lock / i-Images
 Heroic key workers joined the applause as the nation thanks them for their efforts

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Heroic key workers joined the applause as the nation thanks them for their effortsCredit: Reuters
 Katie Price and her family joined the country in thanking key workers

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Katie Price and her family joined the country in thanking key workersCredit: Instagram

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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.

Londoners were warned if they ignored lockdown rules tonight and gathered to clap on Westminster Bridge they would be told to go home. 

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.

 A group of nuns cheer and clap for key workers this evening

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A group of nuns cheer and clap for key workers this eveningCredit: Reuters
 Chancellor Rishi Sunak joined in the applause this evening

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak joined in the applause this eveningCredit: PA:Press Association
 Medics at the NHS Nightingale Hospital cheered on their colleagues tonight

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Medics at the NHS Nightingale Hospital cheered on their colleagues tonightCredit: AFP or licensors
 A care home's residents sat outside with a cup of tea for a cosy looking clap

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A care home’s residents sat outside with a cup of tea for a cosy looking clapCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency

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The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 26,771 today, new figures reveal.

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.

 Each week the nation applauds for it's frontline workers - our heroes

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Each week the nation applauds for it’s frontline workers – our heroesCredit: Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
 Landmarks are lit up blue to show support and thanks for those on the frontline

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Landmarks are lit up blue to show support and thanks for those on the frontlineCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Staff and the public stand outside their homes or hospitals and clap together

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Staff and the public stand outside their homes or hospitals and clap togetherCredit: Mercury Press
Brits clap for our carers across the country as they thank brave NHS heroes from home
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