Coronavirus UK – what is the NHS clap and why are people clapping …

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Many will applaud from their window this evening… but why? (Picture: Getty/EyeEm)

As the UK slowly adjusts to life in lockdown, people are finding alternative ways to communicate with one another, from pinning rainbow pictures to their windows, to droppings notes into their neighbours’ houses.

While people are staying at arm’s length (or two metres, to be exact), they are finding creative ways to express their solidarity during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus UK: What is the NHS clap and why are people clapping …

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And tonight is no different, as many will clap out of their windows at 8pm, with some already posting their plans on Twitter using the hashtag #ClapForNHS.

Coronavirus UK: What is the NHS clap and why are people clapping …

But…. why?

Why are people clapping out of their windows at 8pm tonight?

People are joining in on a round of applause tonight at 8pm to show their appreciation for the NHS as well as the rest of the country’s health and social care staff.



The show of appreciation will be undertaken by people across the country, who are encouraged to clap out of their window, balcony, doorstep or garden.

While most of the country have been instructed to work from home, key workers, such as NHS staff have been working on the frontline, to help tackle the crisis.

The Department of Health and Social Care earlier today rallied people to join in, writing: Join the nation at 8pm tonight to say THANK YOU to all health and social care staff on the frontline, who are working tirelessly across the country in the fight against #coronavirus’

This evening’s plans follow similar actions taken in Spain, France and Italy where citizens also took to their balconies and windows to clap for the carers working tirelessly in their respective countries.

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