VIDEO: Confined French cheer medical workers from windows and balconies

Parisians applaud healthcare employees from their balcony at 8pm, in Paris on March 18, 2020, on the second day of a strict lockdown in France to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: AFP
People all over France took to their windows on Wednesday evening to show their respect for the country's health workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic on the frontline.

On Wednesday evening, people in France – confined to their apartments for the second day in a row – leaned out their windows and applauded the country's health workers who were battling to save people infected with the novel coronavirus, COVID-10.


By now, window clapping had become somewhat of a tradition that had spread to several European countries struggling to stem the spread of the coronavirus. 

But it was the first time it had really happened in France.


Like in every country feeling the toll of the coronavirus, French health workers have been working extremely long hours over the past weeks.


French people had been confined to their flats since noon on Tuesday, when the government's lockdown entered into effect.


Paris, Rennes, Marseille and Cannes – all over France people showed their gratitude to the country's health workers.


The applause came as the coronavirus death toll had risen by 89 in just 24 hours, reaching a total of 264 people.


The same night, France's national health director called on everyone who could to give blood and donate masks to the hospitals, to help with the increasing pressure on their already overworked staff.

One Parisian emergency physician posted a thank you-note on Twitter:

“A big thank you, your messages are moving. Help us by staying at home and taking care of yourselves.”


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