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Clapping is the least we can do for courageous medics

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Residents from the Clonduff estate in east Belfast including Carol Meekin and Margaret Simpson

Residents from the Clonduff estate in east Belfast including Carol Meekin and Margaret Simpson

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Residents from the Clonduff estate in east Belfast including Carol Meekin and Margaret Simpson

It was a simple idea but, as so often happens, one which captured the public imagination. The weekly Clap for Carers is a sign of the public's appreciation for the heroic work of those caring for people during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has developed in so many ways - the rainbow drawings, songs, murals, online messages and the acts of kindness to NHS workers.

Those working in hospitals, care homes and the community face the risk of infection daily, and many are the only people present when seriously ill patients pass away. All that must take a tremendous toll, but there is no doubt they are heartened that their work is recognised - as it should be.

Belfast Telegraph