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Millions of British take to the streets for the latest Clap For Carers salute from NHS staff and key employees

Millions of British take to the streets for the latest Clap For Carers salute from NHS staff and key employees

  • Now, in the ninth week, the campaign sees people across the country on their doorstep and on balconies
  • Today’s statement of support comes when the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases exceeds the 250,000 mark
  • However, the daily death toll from the British coronavirus fell again when heads of health announced 338 more victims
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

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Millions of Britons stepped out of their homes tonight to pay tribute to the thousands of NHS and health workers who risk their lives to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.

Now, in its ninth week, the Clap for Carers has seen people coming to the door and balconies across the country to show their appreciation for the efforts of the frontline people during the pandemic.

The nationwide campaign, with citizens, politicians, celebrities and emergency services applauding key figures every Thursday at 8pm, comes as today’s number of confirmed Covid-19 cases exceeds 250,000.

However, the daily coronavirus death toll in Britain dropped again when heads of health announced 338 more victims, meaning the official number of casualties now exceeds 36,000.

The toll from the Department of Health – which takes deaths into account in all circumstances – is the lowest since Thursday, March 26 (103) and is even lower than yesterday 363.

NHS employees respond at Aintree University Hospital before the Clap for our Carers campaign to support the NHS, after the outbreak of coronavirus disease

NHS employees respond at Aintree University Hospital before the Clap for our Carers campaign to support the NHS, after the outbreak of coronavirus disease

A painted rainbow thanking the NHS is displayed on the ground today in a parking lot outside of Frimley Park Hospital, prior to the Clap for Carers

A painted rainbow thanking the NHS is displayed on the ground today in a parking lot outside of Frimley Park Hospital, prior to the Clap for Carers

A painted rainbow thanking the NHS is displayed on the ground today in a parking lot outside of Frimley Park Hospital, prior to the Clap for Carers

NHS employees hold a banner at Liverpool's Aintree University Hospital tonight for the Clap for our Carers campaign

NHS employees hold a banner at Liverpool's Aintree University Hospital tonight for the Clap for our Carers campaign

NHS employees hold a banner at Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital tonight for the Clap for our Carers campaign

Jack, five, and sister Lucy Cassidy, 10, from Poulton le Fylde, support the nationwide campaign earlier today

Jack, five, and sister Lucy Cassidy, 10, from Poulton le Fylde, support the nationwide campaign earlier today

Jack, five, and sister Lucy Cassidy, 10, from Poulton le Fylde, support the nationwide campaign earlier today

NHS England confirmed that one of the victims was a 14-year-old with an underlying health condition, but officials did not tell what medical problem the teenager had.

Government data released today also found that another 2,615 people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the official size of the UK outbreak to over a quarter of a million (250,908).

Elsewhere this afternoon, Boris Johnson bent under enormous pressure to lower the NHS surcharge for foreign health and care providers.

The Prime Minister stated that the £ 400 per year charge will be lifted after leading conservatives complained that it was “immoral” and “mean” that those on the front lines of the coronavirus battle were forced to pay.

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