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Spaniards continue to applaud health and emergency workers every evening

Despite the lockdown imposed in Spain since 14 March due to Coronavirus (Covid-19), thousands of Spaniards have been going out onto their balconies, leaning out of their windows or standing in their gardens and patios each evening at around 8pm, to applaud, cheer and shout ‘viva los medicos’ (‘long live the doctors and nurses’), paying tribute to the services being carried out by all medical staff – including doctors, nurses, cleaners, nursing assistants, administration assistants and security guards. This has also extended to all the emergency services and other essential workers.

The affection continues to be felt in all the cities and corners of the country.

The message clearly reaches the hospitals and medical centres each night, where staff often respond by also going out briefly to return the applause, as well as sharing videos of thanks on social media.

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