New Yorkers across the city paid tribute to medical staffers and essential workers on Friday by applauding in unison through their windows and balconies amid a rising coronavirus death toll.
The citywide tribute came about as word spread on social media on Friday urging residents to collectively applaud for healthcare workers at 7pm.
In neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, people in apartments cheered and clapped.
Some even banged on pots and pans and yelled ‘You’re saving lives.’
One video posted to Twitter shows locals in the West Village section of Manhattan ascend to their rooftops and applaud.
A few blocks away from Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, where healthcare professionals bravely battle the pandemic, residents of several apartment blocks in Jackson Heights gave a two-minute standing ovation.
New Yorkers across the city paid tribute to medical staffers and essential workers on Friday by applauding in unison through their windows and balconies amid a rising coronavirus death toll
People shared the heartwarming moment on social media Friday
The citywide tribute came about as word spread on social media on Friday urging residents to collectively applaud for healthcare workers at 7pm
Similar tributes were seen and heard along Long Island City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and other parts of New York.
The initiative was first started by Karla Otto, an international public relations agency.
Karla Otto started the trending campaign on social media using the hashtag #ClapBecauseWeCare.
The campaign asked citizens to give doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, truck drivers, sanitation workers, mail delivery people, and other essential employees a two-minute ovation.
The moving tribute came as New York state’s coronavirus death toll reached 603, an increase of 134 in just one day.
There are now more than 44,000 cases of infection in the state of New York. Currently, 6,481 people are hospitalized and 1,583 people are in ICU beds.
In New York City, 365 people had died from the virus by Thursday afternoon – an increase of 177 people in a day.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 25,573 cases of it in the city – 4000 more cases than the previous day.
One additional death was reported in New York City on Friday, bringing the total to 366.
The tribute to healthcare workers has become something of a ritual to residents in other Canadian and North American cities struck by the pandemic.
Hundreds of people in a Vancouver apartment block were seen on Wednesday standing on their balconies and applauding healthcare workers.
‘Everybody’s outside on their balconies, cheering on our healthcare workers,’ the woman filming the video can be heard saying.
The tear-jerking moment took place at 7pm on Wednesday evening and saw masses of people congregate on their balconies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Cases of COVID-19 have steadily risen in British Columbia. The region has a total of 792 confirmed cases and 16 deaths as of Friday night.
Many of those have been recorded in Vancouver – with particular concern now that a cluster of cases has cropped up at one of the city’s care homes.
Canada is now testing 10,000 people a day and has tested more than 165,000 people overall.
The country has more than 4,700 confirmed and presumptive cases and at least 55 deaths.
Another similar campaign, #ClapforourCarers, was also trending worldwide earlier this week, with people coming out in a show of support across the UK, France, Italy, India and Dubai.
This is the heartwarming moment on Wednesday when hundreds of people in a Vancouver apartment block stand on their balconies and applaud healthcare workers (left and right) as part of the ‘Clap for our Carers’ movement
In coronavirus-stricken nations Spain and Italy locked down locals have been seen paying tribute to their healthcare workers each evening in Madrid, Milan and Rome.
In the UK, people across the nation took part in a mass round of applause from their doorsteps, windows and balconies Friday evening at 8pm in support of NHS workers.
This came after an unofficial tribute began earlier in the week, after the message spread on social media.
Gov. Cuomo unveils 1,000-bed Manhattan field hospital – as NY state death toll soars by 146 to 603
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a rallying call to action to National Guard to ‘kick coronavirus a*s’ from a new, 1,000-bed field hospital at the Javits Center.
In the live broadcast Friday, Cuomo announced he was keeping all schools across the state closed for another two weeks, until April 15, to try to stop the virus spreading.
He spoke at a press conference at the Javits Center, one of the field hospitals where 1,000 beds will be placed, and addressed a crowd of National Guard troops.
He also revealed his multi-stage plan to keep the city from being overwhelmed.
Over the next three weeks, multiple field hospitals are to be built as they are needed to help ease the strain on the city’s health system.
Gov. Cuomo gave a rallying call to action to National Guard troops on Friday at the Javits Center in New York City where he said there had been another 134 deaths overnight in the state of New York . In the background, hospital beds that have been set up to take in patients
He has another three in his sights that will be built at the campuses of CUNY Stony Brook, CUNY Westchester, SUNY Old Westbury.
Those three and the Javits Center provide 4,000 additional beds.
Cuomo wants to build another four sites, which will add another 4,000 beds.
He wants to put one in each borough of New York City – Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn – and one in Nassau County, Suffolk County and Westchester beyond the city.
A potential field hospital is the Marriott Hotel Brooklyn Bridge as is the Brooklyn Center.
The USNS Comfort, a Navy ship with 1,000 beds, is also on its way to New York City where it will dock on Monday, bringing 1,200 medical personnel with it.
They will go up in college campuses, hotels and exposition centers. Cuomo needs the president to sign off on the plan for him to be able to put it into action.
In a rallying speech to the National Guard troops who will build the sites, he said on Friday: ‘This is a different beast, an invisible beast, an insidious beast.
‘This is not going to be a short deployment where you go out for a few days work out and go home.
The troops were distanced to avoid spreading the disease. Cuomo praised them for their work so far and urged them to keep going
A closer view of one of the hospital rooms that has been set up in the Javits Center in the last week by the National Guard
‘You are living a moment in history. This is one of those moments that they’re going to write about, talk about, this is a moment that forges character, forges people, changes people, make them stronger, weaker, this is a moment that will change character.
‘In 10 years from now you’ll be talking about today to your children from grandchildren and you will shed a tear because you will remember the lives lost and faces and names and you’ll remember how hard we worked and that we still lost loved ones.
‘You will shed a tear and you should because it’s sad but you will also be proud.
‘That you showed up – when other people played it safe, you had the courage to show up and you had the skill and professionalism to make a difference and save lives.’