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Poorly-looking Boris Johnson takes to his doorstep from coronavirus quarantine in Downing Street as he joins millions of people across UK clapping, cheering and setting off fireworks to applaud the NHS and key workers for second week in a row

Poorly-looking Boris Johnson takes to his doorstep from coronavirus quarantine in Downing Street as he joins millions of people across UK clapping, cheering and setting off fireworks to applaud the NHS and key workers for second week in a row
  • Many across the country joined in for the Clap For Carers campaign Thursday evening to celebrate workers
  • The campaign was launched online in order to show those working in the NHS how grateful Britons are 
  • The campaign was expanded this week to celebrate those working in supermarkets and other key industries 
  • Follows similar moves in Italy and Spain which have some of the world's highest death tolls from coronavirus
  • ITV and BBC paused programming in order to encourage people to open their windows and doors and clap
A sickly-looking Boris Johnson took to his doorstep on Thursday evening amid his coronavirus quarantine in Downing Street to applaud NHS staff and other key workers such as supermarket employees and delivery drivers up and down the country.
Stepping out in a suit, the Prime Minister made sure he showed his support after he himself was forced to self-isolate after he tested positive for the coronavirus last Friday. Downing Street on Thursday said he would be coming out of self-isolation on Friday.
But aides also last night said that the Prime Minister would be following guidelines put in place by Public Health England, and would remain in self-isolation if he still has a temperature. 
Britons also flocked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause as the country came together for the NHS, supermarket staff, teachers and postal workers who are all working through the pandemic in order to keep the country up and running.
People up and down the country joined in for the Clap For Carers campaign on Thursday evening at 8pm, with many seen cheering and voicing their gratitude for the workers who have been dealing with the coronavirus fight.
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. 
Last week many took to the streets to solely clap for the NHS - but this week the campaign was expanded to applaud all key workers who are helping fight the disease from all walks of life.
It follows similar moves in Italy and Spain - which have the world's highest death tolls - which created astonishing scenes over the last month as they applauded from terraces in the countries' cities.
This is while in New York, many people have made the clapping part of their every day routines, with social media videos showing people clapping every night at 7pm local time for key workers. 
On Thursday evening the tip of the Shard in London was also lit up in blue as were the arches at Wembley. Kensington Palace also released a statement thanking the workers.
The Prime Minister (pictured above) braved a smile on Thursday evening as he ventured outside to clap for carers amid a nationwide campaign
The Prime Minister (pictured above) braved a smile on Thursday evening as he ventured outside to clap for carers amid a nationwide campaign
Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the doors at Number 11 on Thursday evening and also stood outside to clap for key workers across the UK - including supermarket staff, postal workers and teachers
Prime Minister Boris Johnson opened the doors at Number 11 on Thursday evening and also stood outside to clap for key workers across the UK - including supermarket staff, postal workers and teachers 
Members of the public in Kensal Green, North West London take part in Clap For Our Carers by applauding NHS workers, carers and key workers from their windows, balconies and doorsteps on Thursday evening
Members of the public in Kensal Green, North West London take part in Clap For Our Carers by applauding NHS workers, carers and key workers from their windows, balconies and doorsteps on Thursday evening
People are seen applauding from flats in Riverlight Quay during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS and other workers on Thursday evening
People are seen applauding from flats in Riverlight Quay during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS and other workers on Thursday evening
NHS workers took time out of their busy shifts on Thursday evening in order to celebrate their colleagues working long hours within the NHS and other industries
NHS workers took time out of their busy shifts on Thursday evening in order to celebrate their colleagues working long hours within the NHS and other industries
NHS workers applaud on the streets outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign on Thursday evening in support of the NHS and other key workers such as supermarket staff as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues
NHS workers applaud on the streets outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign on Thursday evening in support of the NHS and other key workers such as supermarket staff as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues
Residents on a Northampton Street in Northampton applaud the NHS staff and other key workers while still being in their comfy nightwear on Thursday evening
Residents on a Northampton Street in Northampton applaud the NHS staff and other key workers while still being in their comfy nightwear on Thursday evening 
People in Stockton, Teesside joining in for the national clap to recognise the work of our NHS staff and carers as well as other key workers on Thursday night. This couple were seen in their window where they had placed pictures for the NHS
People in Stockton, Teesside joining in for the national clap to recognise the work of our NHS staff and carers as well as other key workers on Thursday night. This couple were seen in their window where they had placed pictures for the NHS
People in Stockton, Teesside joining in for the national clap to recognise the work of our NHS Staff and Carers and other key workers across various industriesPeople in Stockton, Teesside joining in for the national clap to recognise the work of our NHS Staff and Carers and other key workers across various industries
The family on the left didn't let being in their pjs stop them from thanking key workers up and down the country while the couple on the left even took their dog outside on Thursday evening 
Just before the clock struck 8pm on Thursday evening Kensington Palace released a statement where it told workers how proud the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was of key workers across the UK
Just before the clock struck 8pm on Thursday evening Kensington Palace released a statement where it told workers how proud the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was of key workers across the UK
One man was seen leaning out of his window in Windsor as the nation took to the streets on Thursday evening  to clap for key workers helping to fight the coronavirus
One man was seen leaning out of his window in Windsor as the nation took to the streets on Thursday evening  to clap for key workers helping to fight the In Sunderland people were seen standing on their balconies at this apartment block on Thursday evening as the nation thanked the NHS and other key workers
In Sunderland people were seen standing on their balconies at this apartment block on Thursday evening as the nation thanked the NHS and other key workersIn a touching tribute, the Twitter account for the Royal Family put out a picture of Windsor Castle lit up in blue on Thursday evening and said it marked the appreciation of key workers
  • On another tumultuous day of coronavirus developments: 
  • Another 569 deaths have been declared in the UK today, taking the total death toll to 2,921 
  • Coronavirus cases hit one million worldwide as pandemic explodes in the United States and death tolls continue to rise in UK, Italy and Spain 
  • Health Secretary Matt Hancock emerged from self-isolation to promise 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in a U-turn and says everyone will be able to access vital checks; 
  • Top professors claim that the virus could be spread through 'breathing or talking' alone;
  • Business groups say firms have 'furloughed' half of their staff with concerns the government's bailout will need to be massively bigger than thought;
  • NHS data shows 66% of patients hooked up to ventilators will succumb to the killer coronavirus infection;
  • Both ITV and the BBC paused programming at 8pm in order for viewers to join in with Clap for Carers;
  • A poll for MailOnline has found more than half the public think Boris Johnson imposed lockdown too late, and some 40 per cent want a special medal to be awarded to NHS staff; 
  • Overdraft customers will be able to request zero-interest buffers of up to £500 over three months to help ease the financial impact of coronavirus, under new proposals from the City regulator; 
  • The ONS has revealed costs of cough and cold medication have risen by nearly 11 per cent over the last fortnight, amid fears of profiteering; 
  • British Airways will put 36,000 employees - 80% of its workforce - on leave after grounding thousands of flights as it attempts to weather the coronavirus storm; 
  • Almost a million people in the UK have applied for Universal Credit benefits since March 16 and officials are facing calls to allow people to claim it even if they have up to £16,000 in savings.
Just before the clapping started on Thursday evening Kensington Palace posted the below message to its Twitter page: 'The whole country is proud of you, so thank you for everything you're doing and all the hours you are putting in.' — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to staff at Queen's Hospital Burton and University Hospital Monklands'. 
Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, spoke to doctors and nurses at the Queen’s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire, and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire. 
The royal couple heard the impact, both personally and professionally, of coronavirus on the hospital staff. 
In an Instagram recording posted by Kensington Palace tonight, William is heard praising the hospital staff and told how the 'whole country' is proud of their work during the pandemic. 
In an Instagram posted by Kensington Royal, he said: 'We'd just like to say from the two of us how proud we are of all of you and how amazingly you are all doing under extreme circumstances
'I know all of you will see this as your job and that you get on with it.' 
'But generally this is a different level and you guys are doing an incredible job.'  
The Duke continued: 'The whole country is proud of you, not just us, we really mean that, so thank you for everything you are doing and all the hours you are putting in.' 
Mr Johnson also opened to door at Number 11 this evening and emerged to show his support for key workers. 
Downing Street  today insisted that there was 'no change' to plans for to end his quarantine tomorrow, despite the Prime Minister still having symptoms of the illness.
Mr Johnson has been self-isolating - while working - since testing positive last Friday and current UK guidance is that it should last for seven days.

Britons flock to their doorsteps to applaud key workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shared a phone call to NHS doctors and nurses with Prince William describing their tireless work during the coronavirus crisis as a 'different level'. 
Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, spoke to doctors and nurses at the Queen’s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire, and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire. 
The royal couple heard the impact, both personally and professionally, of coronavirus on the hospital staff. 
In an Instagram recording posted by Kensington Palace tonight, William is heard praising the hospital staff and told how the 'whole country' is proud of their work during the pandemic.  
Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, spoke to doctors and nurses at the Queen¿s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire, and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire. Pictured: Duke and Duchess visit the London Ambulance Service 111 control room
Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38, spoke to doctors and nurses at the Queen’s Hospital Burton, Staffordshire, and the University Hospital Monklands in North Lanarkshire. Pictured: Duke and Duchess visit the London Ambulance Service 111 control room
In an Instagram posted by Kensington Royal, he said: 'We'd just like to say from the two of us how proud we are of all of you and how amazingly you are all doing under extreme circumstances. 
'I know all of you will see this as your job and that you get on with it.' 
'But generally this is a different level and you guys are doing an incredible job.'  
The Duke continued: 'The whole country is proud of you, not just us, we really mean that, so thank you for everything you are doing and all the hours you are putting in.' 
Prince William is heard praising the hospital staff in an Instagram recording posted tonight and told staff how the 'whole country' is proud of their work during the pandemic
Prince William is heard praiing the hospital staff in an Instagram recording posted tonight and told staff how the 'whole country' is proud of their work during the pandemicTower Bridge and The Shard skyscraper were seen illuminated blue on Thursday evening in support of NHS and other key workers as the spread of the coronavirus disease
Windsor Castle was turned blue to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic
A general view over Portsmouth Harbor on Thursday evening as the Spinnaker Tower was illuminated blue in support of the NHS and key workers
His official spokesman confirmed on Thursday that he was still experiencing minor symptoms of his illness.
Last week Britons were praised by NHS workers after many took time out of their evenings in isolation to say thank you to those workers who are risking their lives day in day out for others who have been struck down by the coronavirus.
Supermarket workers and delivery drivers alike have also been working to make sure people can get essential food supplies, while teachers and nursery workers have also still turned up to work in order to care for children whose parents are also key workers. 
So far in the UK 2,921 people have died for the illness and there have now been over 33,000 confirmed cases up and down the country. 
Social media users took to various platforms this evening to praise key workers and also to praise the efforts of those who got outside and clapped for the various service workers up and down the country. 
Many highlighted that while it was important to clap for NHS workers, it was also important to clap for other workers who are still going to work amid the pandemic. 
Social media users took to Twitter on Thursday evening where they thanked all the workers who are keeping the country going amid the coronavirus pandemic
Social media users took to Twitter on Thursday evening where they thanked all the workers who are keeping the country going amid the coronavirus pandemic
Social media users took to Twitter on Thursday evening where they thanked all the workers who are keeping the country going amid the coronavirus pandemic
People were seen up and down the country and NHS workers tonight took a small break from their duties at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London to enjoy the round of applause and to also clap for their colleagues working alongside them. 
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals from the hospital were seen outside in their scrubs and uniforms, smiling as they joined in with the campaign. 
Broadcasters ITV and the BBC both said they would pause programming tonight in order to encourage the nation to open their windows and doors and clap for the carers. 
As normal programming ceased ITV displayed messages to key workers up and down the country, encouraging others to donate to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 fundraiser. 
NHS workers applauded on the streets outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign on Thursday evening in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues
NHS workers applauded on the streets outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during the Clap for our Carers campaign on Thursday evening in support of the NHS as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) 
continues
In Belfast families gathered at the front of their homes on Thursday evening and waved hand made signs to show their support to the NHS and key workers

Signs in a street in Brentford in support of NHS staff and carers. On Thursday evening people from up and down the country came outside to thank key workers

Just around the corner from St George's Hospital in South London and people were seeing lining the pavements clapping for key workers  on Thursday evening


Police officers from Cleveland Police pulled up and parked outside of North Tees Hospital, Teesside - in support of the NHS workers on Thursday evening

Families in Essex clappingFamilies in Essex clapping
A mother and her son were pictured in Harlow, Essex on Thursday evening (left) holding a sign in support of the NHS while another family (right) also made sure they got outside
One healthcare worker on Thursday night told Sky News that the campaign was also important to recognise not only doctors or nurses but also people like porters who work in the hospitals. 
The money raised by the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 fundraiser will go towards providing well-being packages for NHS staff and volunteers.
It will also help provide items that have been requested by various NHS Charities in response to health care practitioners who are dealing with patients who have Covid-19. 
Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV, said: 'ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role - so we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers' generosity.' 
This is while Annemarie Plas, creator of the Clap For Carers movement in the UK, said: 'I am really delighted that ITV is backing the initiative to clap for all who there are out there taking care of us, and helping keep that Thursday 8pm moment alive.'
NHS Charities Together chief executive Ellie Orton said: 'Joining the wonderful wave of support for the NHS to say a massive thank you together with Clap For Our Carers is already making such a difference and today, and because of the brilliant British people, we have already raised nearly £17 million for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
'Now with ITV's generosity to give free air time to remind everyone of the opportunity to express their love and thanks and to also give back, we are even more grateful so thank you.
'We are distributing funds to over 140 NHS charities who are the legal way that the NHS receives, holds and spends charitable funds.
'These funds are above and beyond the funds that the Government has provided and together we help provide the very best care for NHS patients.'
Clap For Carers is also part of the #lightitblue campaign which has been organised by members of the events and entertainment industry as a way to say thank you. Last week major landmarks such as Blackpool Tower and Wembley Stadium lit up blue to thank the NHS.
Tonight marks the second night Britons have clapped for carers and it comes after health secretary Matt Hancock declared the UK will be conducting 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month as finally signalled a U-turn on the UK screening regime. 
Emerging for the first time since being struck down by the disease himself, the Health Secretary said he 'gets' why there has been criticism as he abandoned the previous centralised approach and urged the wider science industry to help boost capacity.
Defending the government's response, a querulous and at times emotional Mr Hancock said that Public Health England had been 'working round the clock' and could be 'proud' of what it had done.
Taking the press briefing in No10 this evening after a week in isolation recovering from the virus, he listed five 'pillars' for the new strategy.
Swab tests at PHE labs will be increased dramatically to 25,000 a day; research institutions and private sector firms like Boots and Amazon will be brought into the screening system; antibody tests will be introduced if they can be proved effective; community testing will be bolstered; and the overall UK diagnostics industry will be enlarged.
Mr Hancock rejected comparisons with huge testing numbers in Germany, saying the UK was building from a 'lower base' when it came to biotech capacity.
He said some of the prototype tests he was being urged to buy had failed trials. One missed three out of four cases, he said.
But he admitted that even with his new 'five point plan' testing capacity will not hit 100,000 per day until the end of the month - by which point he guaranteed that all frontline NHS staff will have access to checks.
NHS staff from Dorset County Hospital applauded at the entrance of the Emergency Department. The 'Clap For Our Carers' campaign has been encouraging people across the UK to take part in a nationwide round of applause from their windows, doors, balconies and gardens at 8pm on Thursday evening to show their appreciation for the efforts of the NHS
People in Southam in Warwickshire clapped to salute local heroes during Thursday's nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative
People in Esher came out to their gates on  Thursday evening and made sure they got involved with the Clap for Carers campaign
The Beckhams and Gordon Ramsay and wife Tana lead the stars in the nationwide applause for the NHS and key workers for the second week in a row during coronavirus pandemic

he Beckhams and the Ramsays led the stars in the nationwide 8pm applause for the NHS and key workers on Thursday night. 
For the second week in a row, Britons locked to their doorways, balconies, gardens and windows to give a heartwarming round of applause for the NHS
Victoria, 45, took to Instagram to share a video of husband David, sons Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and their daughter Harper, eight, clapping outside their home. 
The Saturday's singer, Frankie Bridge, 31, took to Instagram before the touching moment as she told fans: 'I love that the NHS is becoming a weekly thing. It's lovely for all our doctor and nurses. But it's also quite nice for everyone to just go 'it's another week done guys'.
'We're getting closer and closer to the end. It is nice for us to recognise that otherwise no-one knows what day of the week it is.
Applause: The presenter, 30, wrote atop of the clip: 'We are so grateful for ALL of our key workers and all that you're doing for us to keep us safe' pictured with sons Rex and Zachary)

Grateful: Stacey, meanwhile, shared a video of her son Leighton, seven, standing at the doorstop clapping

the Beckham family posted a picture of themselves to Instagram where they said they were showing support for key workers
Other stars joining in on the applause included Misse Beqiri and Jake Hall clapping with their daughter River, Lisa Snowdon cheering from the street and Love Island's Samira Mighty.   
ITV's Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and Rylan Clark-Neal tweeted clapping emojis as the clock struck 8pm, while Jodie Marsh shared a video of herself applauding in the front garden. 
The former glamour model, 41, wrote: 'We don't have many neighbours as we live in the deep dark countryside but we could hear some pots and pans banging!!! So lovely!!!!!'
Uplifting: Lisa Snowdon cheered from the street and wrote: 'Clapping, cheering, crying, fireworks and car horns. Thank you!'
Former I'm A Celebrity star Iain Lee, 46, typed: 'Blimey. That applause outside your front door. I mean. In an old cynic. But. Blimey. I'm in pieces but I'm pretending it's because I've got a leak in the kitchen to not worry the boys.'
Former X Factor star Christopher Maloney said: 'Again, very emotional'. 
Last Thursday,  Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz and the Beckham family joined a slew of stars in the first nationwide applause in honour of NHS workers. 
Rachel and Daniel appeared in a applause video posted to the official James Bond social media account, along with Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. 
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.
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. 
Meanwhile Amanda Holden took to her doorstep with daughters Lexi, 14, and Hollie, eight and Stacey proudly applauded from her front window.  
To donate to NHS Charities Together Covid 19 campaign go to virg.in/ClapForOurCarers 

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