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Coronavirus UK: Prince George leads clap for NHS carers

The NHS has thanked the British public after millions were led by Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte in showing appreciation for staff who are slaving away to try to stem the number of deaths from coronavirus.

The service’s official Twitter page posted ‘that was emotional’ with a blue heart following the incredible display of unity.

It came after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of their children laughing and clapping together in the garden.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.’

The Queen, who is staying at Windsor Castle, added the country is ‘enormously thankful’ for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services, while her son Prince Charles applauded from Scotland where he is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus.

Britons flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause and lit fireworks from 8pm as the country came together for the NHS.

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Shard and Tower Bridge were among the landmarks lit vivid blue during the emotional salute.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

Chief nursing officer of the NHS Ruth May said she appreciated the national salute planned to honour NHS workers.

Ms May said: ‘Nurses and midwives in our care staff are working around the clock. They are working so hard. And I have a very huge personal thank you to make to them.

She said she felt ‘very humble, very proud, and a clap for our carers will mean so much for all of our NHS staff and social care teams as well. Thank you. I appreciate it.’

A London-based intensive care nurse added to MailOnline: ‘It’s such a nice appreciation for the staff and we really are thank for it. We all really appreciate it.

‘Nurses don’t want to be heroes, we don’t want to be that, we just want people to not be sick and not have to come into us. We don’t see ourselves as heroes, this is just what we do on a daily basis.’

Clap For Carers is part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you.

Amazing footage showed millions of Britons take to the streets, with Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and the West Midlands among the areas to come out in force.

Piers Morgan, Chris Moyles and Kate Garraway were among the celebrity presenters who said they backed the event.

Radio X presenter Moyles rallied his listeners to ‘make some noise for the thousands and thousands of people [in the NHS] that we’ll probably never meet, just to say ‘thank you’ for everything they are doing for us’ with a powerful message.

Gary White and Chuck Crampton, who jointly started the #lightitblue campaign, said all venues will use existing LED technology to create a flash of blue on facades and screens.

It means people at different sites will be able to show their support while staying at home in line with current Government advice during the pandemic.

In a statement, they said: ‘The events and entertainment industry finds itself in an unprecedented state of enforced inaction.

‘The best thing we can do – apart from staying at home – is to use our skills and networks to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the NHS and risking their own health to help others during this pandemic.’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘My colleagues in the NHS do so much to look after us, especially in our hour of need and never more so than during the coronavirus crisis, so let’s join together at 8pm tonight to say thank you to everyone in the NHS.’

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also recorded a video message and said he wanted to thank every person working in the NHS in London and around the country.

He added: ‘You truly are the best. Your hard work, dedication and courage is saving lives every single day and we need you now more than ever before. I urge everyone to join together and applaud for our NHS.’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘I applaud the NHS, I clap for the NHS, I love the NHS. Well done everyone who works for the National Health Service and our care services and all the GP practices and everywhere else.

‘You’re doing a fantastic job and I think the whole country has begun to realise how much we rely on you and on each other to get through this particular crisis. Thanks a lot and well done.’

But NHS frontline staff are currently treating patients diagnosed with the deadly bug without World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended protective clothing.

Terrified doctors and nurses have hit out at the Government for failing to provide them with enough gloves, masks, aprons and goggles amid the pandemic.

Britain’s death toll from the killer bug jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed across the home nations, making today the UK’s darkest day yet in the escalating outbreak.

Health officials also said more than 2,100 new patients had tested positive for the life-threatening infection, meaning almost 12,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded here.

The British Medical Association warned yesterday that NHS staff will die if they are not given sufficient protective clothing while they treat patients with the virus.

The doctors’ union slammed Public Health England for falling short of WHO guidelines. Medical staff in other countries are given full hazmat suits, but PHE experts say their is no evidence full bodysuits are needed.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘We are working around the clock to give the social care sector and wider-NHS the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak.

‘We have delivered millions more items of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff at care homes, home care providers and hospices as well as to hospitals, ambulance trusts, GP practices and pharmacists.

‘The full weight of the Government is behind this effort and we are working closely with industry, social care providers, the NHS, and the army to ensure the right equipment continues to be delivered.’

Britain’s growing coronavirus death toll today jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed across the home nations, making today the UK’s darkest day yet in the escalating outbreak. 

Health officials also more than 2,100 new patients had tested positive for the life-threatening infection, meaning almost 12,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded in Britain. 

It comes after the UK yesterday posted 43 coronavirus deaths, sparking hope that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unprecedented lockdown was working to control the ever-worsening crisis.

But officials changed the timings of how they counted deaths, with yesterday’s total only taking into account an eight-hour period. Today’s shocking figure represents a full 24-hour count.

The daily death count is not only a count from overnight – the toll can include fatalities hospitals have only just processed, for example patients whose post-mortems have just come back.

Government scientists have admitted there is likely to be 1,000 infected patients for every death recorded in Britain – suggesting the true toll is in the region of 600,000. 

Number 10 has faced fierce criticism for its controversial policy to only test patients in hospital, meaning only a fraction of cases are being spotted and leaving the true scale of the UK’s outbreak a mystery.

The latest statistics came as Rishi Sunak finally announced a coronavirus bailout for millions of self-employed workers as the Chancellor unveiled plans to hand them cash payments of up to £2,500 a month.

A week after announcing a massive rescue package for employees, the Chancellor announced support for taxi drivers, musicians, gig economy workers and freelancers.

Saying he knew people were ‘worrying about their jobs and incomes’, Mr Sunak said: ‘You have not been forgotten.’

But at a press conference in Downing Street he also delivered a stark warning that the government ‘will not be able to protect every single job or save every single business’ as the deadly disease brings the economy grinding to a halt.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fell flat as they shared emojis on Instagram for the Clap for Carers public display today, while Prince William and Kate Middleton posted an adorable video of their children applauding. 

The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38,  who are due to step down from life as senior royals in a matter of days, posted about the hashtag on their Instagram stories, writing: ‘Thank you for all that you continue to do! Applauding you from across the pond.’

But while Prince Harry and Meghan opted for an impersonal approach with their post, other members of the royal family shared heart-felt video messages.

The Cambridges posted a video of their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, 1, applauding, while Prince Edward also joined his family for a round of applause.

Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte led millions of Britons in showing their appreciation for the NHS who are slaving away day and night to try to stem the number of deaths from the lethal coronavirus. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of the young Royals – six, four and one respectively – laughing and clapping together in a garden.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.

And the Queen also paid tribute to ‘scientists, medical practitioners and emergency services’ in an Instagram post on her official page today. 

The account also shared a video of Prince Edward with Sophie Wessex and their children Lady Louise and Viscount James, who all clapped after Edward paid tribute to workers.

In the short video clip, which had been filmed outside their front door today, Edward could be heard paying tribute to frontline workers.

He said: ‘So from all of us just a huge thank you to so many of you working on the frontline – you’re really appreciated keep up the fantastic work.’ 

The family could then be seen applauding as they joined in with the NHS Clap for Carers public display. 

Meanwhile Prince Charles and Camilla also shared a tribute to workers, posting a collage of images alongside NHS staff on their Instagram page.

Alongside the images, the couple wrote: ‘ 

The Prince of Wales, 71, has a ‘mild’ form of the illness and is on the Balmoral estate with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who has tested negative and is without any symptoms of the virus, which has killed 465 and infected 9,500 more in the UK so far.

But he has been working at his desk ‘as usual’ today despite having the infection as his aides try to trace anyone who met him over the past fortnight to warn them they may have been exposed.

Clarence House tweeted a picture of him in the West Midlands on February 18 with the message: Thank you for all your ‘Get Well Soon’ messages for His Royal Highness. He is enormously touched by your kind words. 

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Principality Stadium and Lincoln Cathedral were among the landmarks lit a vivid ‘NHS blue’ during the emotional salute.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

Prince Charles was seen looking well as he applauded the NHS despite being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Charles, 71, tested positive for Covid-19 but turned out to applaud medical workers who are battling the pandemic.

People across the country showed their appreciation for the health service by coming to their windows and balconies to cheer and set off fireworks.

The Prince of Wales – who is self-isolating at the Balmoral estate in Scotland – clapped by his window at Birkhall House as did the Duchess of Cornwall, who has been cleared.

Touching footage surfaced on the Clarence House Instagram profile, with images also showing the Royal couple meeting frontline workers.

Accompanying the images were the messages ‘Thank you to you all’, ‘#ClapForOurCarers’ and ‘#ThankYouNHS’. 

It came on Britain’s darkest day yet during the pandemic as the death toll jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed. There have now been 11,658 cases of Covid-19 in the UK. 

Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte also led Britons in showing their appreciation for the NHS who are slaving away day and night to try to stem the number of deaths from the deadly coronavirus. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a video on Instagram of the young Royals – six, one and four respectively – laughing and clapping together in a garden.

The post on Kensington Palace’s account read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you.’

The Queen, who is staying at Windsor Castle, added the country is ‘enormously thankful’ for the commitment of all those working in science, health and the emergency and public services, while her son Prince Charles applauded from Scotland where he is self-isolating after testing positive for the virus.

Charles’s doctor believes the royal may have been contagious from March 13 at the earliest – just 24 hours after he last saw his 93-year-old mother the Queen, who is in self-isolation at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 98. 

His team have been informing anyone who met or came close to him while he was contagious – and those people are expected to go into self-isolation if they haven’t already, according to the Telegraph. 

It came as NHS Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood defended the decision to test the royal couple, saying there were ‘very good reasons’ but she couldn’t disclose them because of patient confidentiality.

But Clarence House refused to comment on the Prince of Wales’s health after Dr Calderwood appeared to hint Charles and Camilla might have underlying medical conditions that made a coronavirus test necessary. 

A source said it was still ‘business as usual’ for Charles, adding: ‘The general plan is the prince will continue maintaining a diary of work but it will be done through telephone calls and digital conferencing. 

‘He is likely to focus on core areas – his Sustainable Markets Council work for the environment, his Prince’s Foundation and Prince’s Trust work.’

Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz and the Beckham family joined a slew of stars in a nationwide applause in honour of NHS workers during the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday.

The couple appeared in a video along with some of their James Bond co-stars for the applause which rang out across the nation, as healthcare staff continue to place themselves in harms way to care for those with COVID-19.

Joining Daniel and Rachel in sharing their applause on social media were a slew of stars including David and Victoria Beckham, Phillip Schofield, Gemma Collins and Rochelle Humes.

Rachel and Daniel appeared in the applause video posted to the official James Bond social media account, along with Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris.

The post was simply captioned: ‘Thank you to everyone, everywhere, who is working to keep us safe.’

Victoria Beckham also shared a video of husband David leading the applause along with their sons Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and their daughter Harper, eight.

As they applauded, Victoria said behind the camera:  ‘So us Beckhams are clapping to show our thanks to all the people working for the NHS, the doctors the nurses, keeping us safe, working so so hard.’

Also among the stars was Katie Price, who posted a video alongside her oldest son Harvey, thanking the NHS for their help and still taking care of her son during the epidemic.

In the video she said: ‘Me and Harvey would like We want to say a massive ty to everyone all the social house carers, nurses, doctors, everyone helping at this moment in time. Harvey gives a massive thank you.

‘And you’ve been amazing with Harvey’s medication and everything so just keep well and thank you.’

Frankie Bridge also took to her doorway with her husband Wayne and sons Parker, five and Carter, four, to cheer and clad for the NHS.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

Chief nursing officer of the NHS Ruth May said she appreciated the national salute planned to honour NHS workers.

Ruth said: ‘Nurses and midwives in our care staff are working around the clock. They are working so hard. And I have a very huge personal thank you to make to them.

She said she felt ‘very humble, very proud, and a clap for our carers will mean so much for all of our NHS staff and social care teams as well. Thank you. I appreciate it.’

A London-based intensive care nurse added to MailOnline: ‘It’s such a nice appreciation for the staff and we really are thank for it. We all really appreciate it.

‘Nurses don’t want to be heroes, we don’t want to be that, we just want people to not be sick and not have to come into us. We don’t see ourselves as heroes, this is just what we do on a daily basis.’

Clap For Carers is part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you.

Piers Morgan, Chris Moyles and Kate Garraway were among the celebrity presenters who said they backed the event.

Radio X presenter Moyles rallied his listeners to ‘make some noise for the thousands and thousands of people [in the NHS] that we’ll probably never meet, just to say ‘thank you’ for everything they are doing for us’ with a powerful message.

Royal fans have been left swooning after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared an adorable clip of their children applauding the NHS.

Prince George, six, lead his two younger siblings Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, who turns two next month, in a loud round of applause in a short clip shared on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Instagram page.

The trio joined people from around the country as they took to their windows to show their appreciation for the efforts produced by the key workers, NHS and volunteers working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of those who watched the clip were charmed by the ‘adorable’ children as the Cambridges clapped and laughed during the video, with one commeting: ‘Love to see Prince George leading his people already.’

The Instagram post read: ‘To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by covid19: thank you.’ 

In the adorable video, the three Cambridge children could be seen standing in a garden while applauding loudly.

While Prince George lead the applause, Princess Charlotte could be seen offering a shy smile.

Meanwhile Prince Louis appeared to gaze up at his elder siblings as he joined their clapping tribute.  

The trio are currently living with their parents at the family’s Norfolk home, Amner Hall, where Prince George and Charlotte are being homeschooled. 

Royal fans loved the video and gushed over the three children as they smiled and chuckled at the camera.  

One said: ‘Aww that’s so cute. They are all so big.’  

‘Oh, so sweet! Can’t get over how much little Louis in particular has grown. Beautiful little family,’ said another. 

One added: ‘They’re so cute,’ said one. 

‘Thats the best thing I’ve seen all day,’ said another.

‘Look at them, my heart,’ gushed another excited fan. 

The trio were among hundreds across the nation who  flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause and lit fireworks from 8pm as the country came together.

The London Eye, the Wembley Arch, the Royal Albert Hall, the Principality Stadium and Lincoln Cathedral were among the landmarks lit a vivid ‘NHS blue’ during the emotional salute.

The Clap For Carers campaign, which started online, has been staged because ‘during these unprecedented times they need to know we are grateful’, the organisers said.

It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain – which have the world’s highest death tolls – which created astonishing scenes earlier this month as they applauded from terraces in the countries’ cities.

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