UK coronavirus news LIVE: UK landmarks lit up blue as nation joins Clap for Carers to salute the NHS

Harriet Brewis, Bonnie Christian, Rebecca Speare-Cole

Notable buildings across the UK have been lit up in blue to mark the nation applauding the National Health Service in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Blackpool Tower, Newcastle's Tyne Bridge and Tower Bridge were among the landmarks to salute the NHS as part of the #lightitblue campaign.

At 8pm on Thursday, Brits joined in with Clap for Carers to say thank you to the NHS on their doorsteps with the Royal Family, Boris Johnson and NHS staff clapping across the country.

It comes as the latest figures show 578 Covid-19 patients have so far died in the country, while the number of confirmed cases has hit 11,658.

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