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Applause for NHS staff during second 'clap for carers' event

Residents out in support of the NHS last night at Whiterock Gardens in west Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell.
Paul Ainsworth

HEALTHCARE workers and all NHS staff were applauded last night during a second 'clap for carers' event.

People across Northern Ireland joined millions of others in Britain as they took to doorsteps, windows and balconies at 8pm to clap in support of healthcare staff on the front-line in hospitals and elsewhere supporting those affected by Covid-19.

This was the second Thursday in a row in which a 'clap for carers' event was staged with more planned for each week of the lockdown.

In Belfast Harbour, docked ships sounded their horns in unison to celebrate the efforts of both NHS workers and frontline staff working in the docks including stevedors, hauliers, and harbour police, while at Stormont, Parliament buildings was lluminated with blue lighting in honour of healthcare workers risking their own safety in treating patients with coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the PSNI yesterday urged people intent on attending a planned event on Belfast's Black Mountain to celebrate NHS staff last night to stay at home instead.

In recent days, large-scale 'NHS' lettering appeared on the side of the mountain, which can be viewed from the south and west of the city, but a PSNI spokesperson urged people to show their support for health workers from their own homes.

"If you are considering going, please don't," the spokesperson said in a social media post.

"An event, at night, on a mountain, puts participants at risk and the emergency services and NHS under more pressure."

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