/Millions cheer for our NHS heroes for 10th week as Clap for Carers founder says tonight should be the last

Millions cheer for our NHS heroes for 10th week as Clap for Carers founder says tonight should be the last

MILLIONS cheered at their doorsteps this evening for our NHS heroes as the Clap for Carers founder said it should be the last one.

It is now ten weeks since the nation began to whoop and cheer every Thursday evening for key workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

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 Residents in Tonbridge, Kent, take part in the tenth Clap for Carers

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Residents in Tonbridge, Kent, take part in the tenth Clap for CarersCredit: �2020 Stephen Lock / i-Images
 The Prime Minister joined the weekly clap from outside No 10

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The Prime Minister joined the weekly clap from outside No 10Credit: Reuters
 Medical staff in masks clapped as the nation thanked them for their service

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Medical staff in masks clapped as the nation thanked them for their serviceCredit: �2020 Gustavo Valiente / i-Images
 Residents lined up safely to clap and applaud the key workers

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Residents lined up safely to clap and applaud the key workersCredit: London News Pictures

And Annemarie Plas, who came up with the idea, said the 10th event should be the final one.

Last week she said: “To have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak.

“Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.

“I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.”

She told Good Morning Britain it’s time to move on and focus on improving conditions for key workers, but praised people who’d taken part.

The mum from South London added she hoped neighbours would still come out onto their doorsteps to socialise at 8pm on Thursday.

Royals, the PM and celebs have all joined in each week since March 26 to show support for the NHS.

Annemarie wants to bring back the clap in 2021 to mark a year since the outbreak.

 Annemarie this evening enthusiastically cheering and clapping for key workers

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Annemarie this evening enthusiastically cheering and clapping for key workersCredit: PA:Press Association
 Care home residents got involved in what could be the final salute to the NHS staff after ten weeks of heroic efforts

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Care home residents got involved in what could be the final salute to the NHS staff after ten weeks of heroic effortsCredit: Reuters
 NHS workers and members of the public react at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

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NHS workers and members of the public react at the Chelsea and Westminster HospitalCredit: Reuters
 Brits everywhere joined in the clap at 8pm this evening

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Brits everywhere joined in the clap at 8pm this eveningCredit: Reuters
 Doctors, Nurses and frontline staff outside the Accident and Emergency entrance at Dorset County Hospital at Dorchester

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Doctors, Nurses and frontline staff outside the Accident and Emergency entrance at Dorset County Hospital at DorchesterCredit: Alamy Live News
 Neighbours of the Clap for Carers founder joined in while wearing colourful patriotic outfits

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Neighbours of the Clap for Carers founder joined in while wearing colourful patriotic outfitsCredit: PA:Press Association
 The PM got stuck in as he applauded the workers that saved his life

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The PM got stuck in as he applauded the workers that saved his lifeCredit: AFP or licensors
 A police officer on patrol paused and clapped for key workers

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A police officer on patrol paused and clapped for key workersCredit: Reuters
 Excited key workers posed for a picture on what could be the last of the Clap for Carers

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Excited key workers posed for a picture on what could be the last of the Clap for CarersCredit: Reuters
 Annemarie Plas started the Clap for Carers ten weeks ago

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Annemarie Plas started the Clap for Carers ten weeks agoCredit: Rex Features

She said: “Stopping clapping doesn’t mean we are not still appreciating them. Some people will still want to carry on, so they should.”

An NHS doctor backed her call to end the weekly clap. Meenal Viz, 27, from London, said it has become a stunt hijacked by politicians.

The initiative sees the involvement of millions of people and is intended to thank the estimated 1.3 million Britons who work for the NHS and other key workers as they combat the coronavirus on the frontline.

Across the country, landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall, the Wembley Arch and Lincoln Cathedral are all lit blue during the weekly show of gratitude.

Prime Minister Boris Johnsonwho has thanked the NHS after receiving treatment during his own battle with the coronavirus is among several public figures who partake in the tribute.

The show of appreciation has also brought communities together as they offered each other reassurance in the coronavirus outbreak.

Student carers, volunteers and other key workers are also applauded for their efforts to keep Britain moving.

It comes as Mr Johnson today announced people in England can meet in groups of six in parks or private gardens from Monday. 

The PM revealed the five tests for easing the lockdown had finally been met, meaning he can relax some of the country’s  restrictions.

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Today the UK coronavirus death toll rose to 37,645 after 185 more fatalities were recorded in hospitals across England.

It brings the total number of deaths from the bug in English hospitals to 26,234, with a 28-year-old included in the latest tally.

Of the newly confirmed deaths today, patients were aged between 28 and 99 – and five of them were considered healthy.

 People in Wales clapped away and made noise for the weekly event

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People in Wales clapped away and made noise for the weekly eventCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Brits cheered from windows and front doors this evening as they applauded key workers

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Brits cheered from windows and front doors this evening as they applauded key workersCredit: Huw Evans Picture Agency
 Shoreham residents gathered - with some in dressing gowns - to play their part in the clap

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Shoreham residents gathered – with some in dressing gowns – to play their part in the clapCredit: PA:Empics Entertainment
 The founder says she wants the clapping to stop from this week - saying it has become political

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The founder says she wants the clapping to stop from this week – saying it has become politicalCredit: AFP or licensors

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