A second national round of applause for the NHS and social care workers who are helping the UK battle coronavirus will take place on Thursday evening.

Last week, thousands of people across the UK showed their appreciation as they applauded and cheered from their doorsteps and balconies.

And the event will take place once again on Thursday evening at 8pm.

London landmarks including the London Eye, Royal Albert Hall and Wembley were also lit up blue during the tribute last week.

Due to the success of the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign, there have been widespread calls for a round of applause to be held every week as the NHS continues to fight the crisis.

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A statement on the Clap for our Carers website read: ‘Every Thursday evening at 8pm we’ll be standing up and applauding all those who care for us and are ensuring our world can keep on turning.

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‘We hope you will join with your family and neighbours in showing thanks to those whose work outside, means so many of us can be inside at home or can be looked after and supported with selfless dedication.’

Shortly after Britain’s show of appreciation last Thursday, the NHS posted on Twitter: ‘That was emotional.’

A doctor in London who heard the applause on his way home from work described it as a ‘touching’ moment.

‘It was really touching to hear the applause,’ said Tom, 42, a consultant anaesthetist.

‘We’re all so worried about whether we’re going to be able to be there for all the patients who are going to need us over the coming weeks and months, and knowing that the public have got our backs was much needed.

‘Hearing the clapping told us that people out there know how hard everyone has been working to get ahead of the coming surge as much as we can, and that has given us a boost – a reminder that there’s a world outside the frantic bubble of Covid-related work we’ve all been living in for weeks now.’

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Since last week’s tribute, the total number of deaths due to coronavirus in the UK has risen to 2,352, while there are now 29,474 confirmed cases.

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