Boris Johnson led Britain’s sixth weekly ‘clap for carers’ to thank the thousands of NHS staff and healthcare workers putting their lives on the line to fight coronavirus after he overcame the deadly bug.
Clap for Carers is now in its sixth week, with millions of Britons up and down the country stepping onto their doorsteps, balconies and front gardens to applaud frontline workers at 8pm every Thursday.
The Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street to salute the NHS just hours after hosting his first daily press conference since recovering from the virus.
His partner Carrie Symonds tweeted to say she had ‘another wonderful reason’ to clap for the Health Service this week too after giving birth to their baby boy yesterday.
There were three cheers for Captain Tom Moore outside his home in Bedfordshire to mark his 100th birthday today, with the PM giving him a personal thank you as he headed back into No10.
Tonight people stood in awe as rainbows formed above their towns and cities just as they prepared to clap – the same symbol children have been putting in their windows as a thank you to the NHS. People marvelled at the timing after a day of miserable weather saw rain and wind batter most of the UK today.
Boris Johnson (pictured outside Downing Street this evening at 8pm) led Britain’s sixth weekly ‘clap for carers’ to thank the thousands of NHS staff and healthcare workers putting their lives on the line to fight coronavirus after he overcame the deadly bug
The family of Retired British Army Captain Tom Moore, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore and grandchildren Benji and Georgia emerge from outside his home in Bedfordshire as people clap, cheer and wish him a happy 100th birthday at 8pm
Medical staff outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, join in the applause to salute local frontline heroes
NHS workers and people applaud outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign tonight
NHS workers applaud outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of their colleagues
Tonight people stood in awe as rainbows formed above their towns and cities just as they prepared to clap – the same symbol children have been putting in their windows as a thank you to the NHS
Nursing staff clap as their colleagues look out from a window at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow as they join in the applause to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers
Hospital staff outside King’s College Hospital in Camberwell, south London, join in the applause to salute local heroes
Nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead come out to applaud during the Clap For Our Carers on Thursday
Workers at the Nightingale field hospital at the ExCeL Centre in east London stand at two metres saluting their colleagues
Members of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in Hartley Wintney near Basingstoke are seen clapping while social distancing this evening
Bagpiper Louise Marshall performs in Leith, Edinburgh, during tonight’s clap for carers to say thank you to frontline staff
Members of the public out on Westminster Bridge in central London stay a safe space apart to applaud frontline workers
Mr Johnson’s fiancee and new mother Carrie Symonds said she would be joining in the clap for carers again, a day after giving birth to a baby boy.
She tweeted: ‘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!’
Chancellor Rishi Sunak was seen two metres apart from the PM on Downing Street, while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer clapped with his wife outside their London home.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak was seen at a safe two metre distance to the Prime Minister on Downing Street this evening
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was pictured applauding outside his home in north London with his wife at 8pm
Doctors applaud their colleagues outside the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent in the sixth weekly clap for carers
Staff and First Responders outside Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, take part in the weekly clap for health care workers
Met Police officers outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London join in the applause to salute local heroes
He said there was ‘so much to clap for’ at the weekly clap for carers event on Thursday evening.
Tweeting a photo of himself clapping, he wrote: ‘We’re past the peak, it’s Captain Tom’s Birthday and we have the best carers of anywhere in the world. So much to clap for tonight.’
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted a video of her applauding and added: ‘Thank you so much to everyone working hard every day to care for us and keep our essential services going #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForTheNHS’
People took to Twitter in the hour before the clap after spotting rainbows in multiple places across the country.
The rainbow has been adopted as a symbol for the weekly clap and one Twitter user, @Pazza_81, commented ‘that’s some timing’ after the colourful displays lit up the sky.
One family stands proudly on their street in central London beaming as they applaud NHS and frontline key workers up and down the country
The rainbow blessed Tina, Brogan and Lauren in Bourne, Lincolnshire, during the clap for carers. They clapped with their saucepans and spoons under an umbrella
Music teacher Kathy played has played Somewhere Over The Rainbow on the violin every Thursday evening at 8pm since lockdown in Aldridge, West Midlands
Mutlicoloured arches were visible in London, Manchester and Liverpool, among others, and a few lucky people saw double rainbows.
When the clock struck 8pm, Britons banged pots and pans, sang, chanted and dressed up to say thank you to those caring for patients in hospitals, care homes and the community.
Meanwhile emergency services vehicles blared their sirens and flashed their blue lights as they paid tribute to their colleagues.
Buildings were lit up with messages of solidarity and gratitude, with several skyscrapers and other famous landmarks in London specially illuminated for the occasion.
The nationwide campaign was started by a Dutch woman from London called AnneMarie Plas, who went viral with her plea to clap for healthcare workers after seeing it take place in her home country and others around Europe.
Jessica Gent posted this rainbow picture from London in the run-up to the sixth weekly Clap For Carers
This pictured was taken in Billericay, Essex, in the run-up to tonight’s Clap For Carers
Another picture of a rainbow, the symbol children have painted in their windows to say thank you to the NHS, was posted online
Rainbows were seen nationwide, with one Twitter user called Pamela commenting: ‘That’s some timing’
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Katie Price REUNITES with children Princess and Junior as she leads the stars clapping for the carers in weekly salute to the NHS, police and key workers helping to fight COVID-19
By Eve Buckland for MailOnline
Katie Price reunited with children Princess and Junior on Thursday for the first time since lockdown began as they joined a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS, police and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The former glamour model, 41, looked delighted as she applauded with Princess, 12, and Junior, 14, who she shares with ex husband Peter Andre, and son Harvey, 17 – leading the famous faces supporting those on the COVID-19 frontline.
Princess and Junior have been isolating with Peter, 47, his wife Emily, 30, and their two children – and under current government guidance children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ houses.
The family applauded enthusiastically as Katie said: ‘Keep up the good work!’
Good cause: Katie Price reunited with children Princess and Junior on Thursday for the first time since lockdown began as they joined a nationwide applause in honour of the NHS , police and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic
Praise you: Amanda Holden was joined by husband Chris Hughes and daughters Lexy, 14, and Holly, eight
Love Island’s Dr Alex George, who is an A&E doctor working on the frontline, dedicated his applause to Captain Tom Moore, who raised £30m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.
The star, 30, said: ‘This one’s for you Captain Tom, or Colonel Tom as he now is. This is for you’ as he used a wooden spoon to bang on a saucepan.’
For the past six weeks, NHS workers have been the recipients of the cheers and claps from the nation.
After the first week, the event, organised by the Clap For Our Carers campaign, was expanded to include all key workers, such as supermarket staff, the emergency services and teachers who are continuing to work.
On Thursday Britain announced 674 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals, care homes and elsewhere, taking the UK’s official death toll to 26,711.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has returned to work after battling coronavirus, said Britain was past the peak of the pandemic but warned of the importance of maintaining lockdown.
Applause: The former glamour model, 41, looked delighted as she applauded with Princess, 12, and Junior, 14, who she shares with ex husband Peter Andre, and son Harvey, 17 – leading the famous faces supporting those on the COVID-19 frontline
Top surgeons have warned thousands of people will die of Covid-19 if Britain’s strict lockdown is lifted at this stage, saying the NHS must not be used as a ‘punchbag’ to avoid economic damage.
Britain has so far managed to avoid the dark milestone of announcing 1,000 deaths in a single day, something that has only happened in the US.
Earlier in the day Katie posed with her children as they modelled Harvey’s custom designed t-shirt.
Mum of five Katie had previously said she was self-isolating with Harvey due to the disabled teenager falling within the high risk category of those more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Katie exuded glamour as she posed in a black t-shirt, which featured Harvey’s artwork of a rainbow and a frog, with the slogan ‘Love From Harvey xxx.’
Back together: Earlier in the day Katie posed with her children as they modelled Harvey’s custom designed t-shirt
Princess, Junior and Harvet posed up in white versions of the shirt, with Princess pairing her shirt with monochrome shorts and the boys wearing black joggers.
The children looked delighted to be reunited with their mother and older brother as they linked arms with Katie and Harvey and celebrated his success.
The t-shirts will raise money for the NHS amid the coronavirus crisis, with 100 per cent of profits donated.
The former glamour model, who also has Jett, six, and Bunny, five, with ex-stripper Kieran, 33 – hailed the parents ‘great dads’ as she revealed she’s been communicating with her kids over FaceTime.
Good cause: The family looked happy as they posed for the photo
Siblings: Princess and Junior looked happy to be back with their brother at home