Clap for our carers: Nationwide round of applause for NHS staff and other support workers planned amid coronavirus

Jacob Jarvis
NHS staff wearing masks: Getty Images

A mass round of applause will take place this evening to commend NHS staff and carers for their work amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The "clap for our carers" campaign has seen large numbers vow to take to their windows and show their appreciation at 8pm.

"During these unprecedented times, they need to know that we are grateful," a poster describing the campaign says.

The person behind the campaign wrote on its website: "In Spain, France and the Netherlands they already did this. And being a Dutch Londoner, I want to pass this on in the country I feel so at home, and the NHS had been nothing but amazing to my family and myself!"

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas was among those who backed the plans.

It comes as the total of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK since the start of the outbreak neared 10,000, with 9.529 detailed yesterday.

As health professionals battle the spread and tend to the patients, more than half a million people have also signed up to be NHS volunteers to support in the crisis.

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