New York citizens joined the tributes to medical personnel fighting the coronavirus pandemic on Friday and, as has already been seen in Italy, Spain or the United Kingdom, went out on their balconies to applaud these professionals.
In an initiative promoted on social networks with the hashtag #ClapBecauseWeCare (Applaud because we care), New Yorkers began to applaud this Friday at 19:00 local time in a tribute that lasted two minutes.
New Yorkers planned a two-min clap today for all essential workers, especially those in healthcare fighting for us
Here a snippet from my apartment in Jackson Heights, a few blocks from Elmhurst Hosptial, the epicenter of the coronavirus in NYC # ClapBecauseWeCare #CoronaLockdown pic.twitter.com/mwbrNZRJn0
– Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) March 27, 2020
“From its doors, its windows, its balconies, the roofs, the living rooms, its gardens … From wherever they are, and at a safe social distance,” the call states.
Numerous videos posted on social media showed residents of New York’s five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan – applauding and cheering for professionals who work daily in the already crowded metropolis hospitals.
The West Village in NYC came out tonight on their roofs to thank the Healthcare workers here in the city, the country and around the world. Thank you for all you do. #StayHome @NBCNewYork #clapbecausewecare pic.twitter.com/W73EJhO5GD
– Chas Pressner (@cjpressner) March 27, 2020
The residents of Jackson Heights, where Elmhurst Hospital is located, in Queens, considered one of the epicenters of the epidemic in New York City, were especially enthusiastic and have been overwhelmed by the number of patients with coronavirus that they have received. this week.
The initiative also intends to applaud and thank the work of other essential services workers, such as the staff of supermarkets, public transport networks, pharmacies, laundries or machine shops, which are still open.
@WNYC Here is what #clapbecausewecare sounded like in midtown west pic.twitter.com/9VhvTGcpo0
– Jessica Bowers (@MsFader) March 27, 2020
New York State is considered the center of the pandemic in the United States, since it has almost half of the 100,000 infected with coronavirus in the country, with more than 45,000 confirmed cases and 519 deaths.
Thank you everyone- doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, mailman, grocery cashiers / restocking guys, restaurant staff, delivery guys, sanitation guys, first responders, MTA staff and our city and state government public servants out there – every day! Thank you! #ClapBecauseWeCare pic.twitter.com/EgzsiMtXmn
– Elizete (@elizeteg) March 27, 2020
The Big Apple, according to the latest figures provided by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, records 25,000 of those 45,000 cases.