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US landmarks are lit up in blue as America thanks healthcare workers amid coronavirus crisis

US landmarks including the Empire State Building and Times Square are lit up in blue as America thanks healthcare workers amid coronavirus crisis

  • Pacific Wheel, California, Space Needle, Seattle, and Ivar theatre, Hollywood, all thanked healthcare workers 
  • New Yorks governor Andrew Cuomo thanked hospital workers for ‘fighting on the frontlines’ during the crisis 
  • US has become the epicenter of the outbreak recording 16,715 deaths and 469,450 cases of coronavirus 

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Hundreds of landmarks turned blue last night as Americans came together to thank healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Empire State building and Times Square, New York, the Pacific Wheel, California, and the Space Needle, Washington, were among monuments to be illuminated blue in #LightItBlue, held at 8pm local time.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo marked the national show of thanks by saying: ‘At a time when we are fighting every day against a vicious and invisible enemy, there has been one constant… the healthcare workers who continue to fight on the front lines and care for their fellow New Yorkers’.

‘They are the very definition of a hero and we should collectively do what we can to honor and support them.’ The city has started digging a mass grave on Hart Island where it will bury coronavirus victims.

#LightItBlue is spearheaded by the events and entertainment industry. It was first launched in the UK to ‘salute the brave (healthcare) staff risking their own health to care for others’. 

The US is at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, recording 16,715 deaths and 469,450 confirmed cases since the outbreak began.

Landmarks turned blue for the #LightItBlue campaign thanking healthcare workers on the frontlines. The Empire State building, New York, was one of those to take part in the national show of thanks

Times Square, New York, also turned blue and displayed messages of thanks at 8pm local time

Times Square, New York, also turned blue and displayed messages of thanks at 8pm local time

The Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, California, also turned blue to thank healthcare workers. The events and entertainment industry had asked landmark owners to take part in the event

The Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier, California, also turned blue to thank healthcare workers. The events and entertainment industry had asked landmark owners to take part in the event

Chicago's Merchandise Mart also turned its roof blue in a show of thanks to healthcare workers in the city

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart also turned its roof blue in a show of thanks to healthcare workers in the city

Los Angeles City Hall, California, was illuminated in blue

The Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, was also highlighted in blue

Los Angeles City Hall, California, (left), and the Space Needle, Seattle, Washington , (right), all turned blue for the event

The Kosciuszko Bridge, New York, turned blue as part of the national event. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it was in support of all healthcare staff fighting the pandemic on the frontlines

The Kosciuszko Bridge, New York, turned blue as part of the national event. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it was in support of all healthcare staff fighting the pandemic on the frontlines

The Forum in Inglewood, California, also turned blue to mark the national show of thanks. The US has recorded 16,715 deaths and 469,000 cases of coronavirus

The Forum in Inglewood, California, also turned blue to mark the national show of thanks. The US has recorded 16,715 deaths and 469,000 cases of coronavirus

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, also saw its roof illuminated in blue by lights for the national show of thanks

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, also saw its roof illuminated in blue by lights for the national show of thanks

The Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, Tennessee, was bathed in blue light at 8pm local time yesterday

The Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, Tennessee, was bathed in blue light at 8pm local time yesterday

The United Centre in Chicago, Illinois, was also lit up with blue light to show support for healthcare workers

The United Centre in Chicago, Illinois, was also lit up with blue light to show support for healthcare workers

The Nashville Courthouse and City Hall was bathed in blue light at 8pm local time yesterday to mark the event

The Nashville Courthouse and City Hall was bathed in blue light at 8pm local time yesterday to mark the event

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours

The US is continuing to reel from the coronavirus outbreak hitting a death toll of 16,715 Thursday evening, a jump of nearly 2,000 fatalities of the deadly virus over the past 24 hours

The Buena Park, California, saw its rollercoasters and other attractions bathed in blue light for the national show of thanks

The Buena Park, California, saw its rollercoasters and other attractions bathed in blue light for the national show of thanks

The Music Center fountain in Los Angeles was bathed in blue light as a show of thanks to healthcare workers

The Music Center fountain in Los Angeles was bathed in blue light as a show of thanks to healthcare workers

Above is the famous Ivar theatre in Hollywood, California, which also took part in the #LightItBlue campaign

Above is the famous Ivar theatre in Hollywood, California, which also took part in the #LightItBlue campaign

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