Coronavirus: Originator calls time on street clapping gesture

THE originator of 'clap for carers' has called for the weekly show of support for front-line health workers by a grateful public to end next Thursday evening.

Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in London, has expressed concerns the show of show of appreciation for NHS staff, carers and health workers has become "too politicised".

She said: "I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised. I think the narrative is starting to change and I don't want the clap to become negative".

There is divided opinion between some who feel empowered and encouraged by the gesture, and others who feel it is patronising.

Miss Plas has suggested resurrecting clapping in the nation's streets in 2021 to mark a year since the coronavirus outbreak.

She added: "Stopping clapping doesn't mean we are not still appreciating them [frontline workers]".


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