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