To tackle the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a state of emergency in Spain and put the entire country under lockdown. Citizens have been asked to remain at home except for emergencies (buying food, medicines, etc) and all schools, universities, cinemas, bars, and restaurants have been closed, reports NY Post.
Shortly after the announcement, a social media campaign urged people to join together in solidarity at 10 pm and applaud the hard work of healthcare professionals, reports The Guardian. Many Spaniards came out to their windows and balconies and cheered for doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
Coronavirus response in Granada, Spain. Everyone went out onto their balconies at 10pm exactly to applaud, cheer and thank the work of the emergency services during the outbreak so far. Simply amazing ❤️🇪🇸#coronavirus #CoronaVirusUpdates pic.twitter.com/OYYuCBIICU
— Sarah Cowie 🏴🇪🇺 (@sarahc440) March 14, 2020
According to The Independent, people from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona raised slogans of “viva los medicos” (long live doctors), “aplauso sanitario” (I applaud the health services) and “quedate en casa” (stay at home).
Here are some more videos:
Madrid applauding and saluting as heroes all doctors and health workers that are fighting the epidemic, sent from Fundacion Jimenez Diaz Hospital. pic.twitter.com/qybgr5nzTE
— rafael yuste (@yusterafa) March 14, 2020
— gerard (@cinnamonsmiler) March 14, 2020
Entire neighborhoods in Spain and Italy hit their balconies about an hour ago to serenade the medical community with Roar by Katy Perry. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/aXv02Metkw
— Chad Anderson (@1legchad) March 14, 2020
From a friend in Spain: “So, there was a call on social media today in Spain to go out to balconies and windows at 22:00 to give a huge ovation to thank and support hospital workers. It’s 22:05 and I can hear the roar from the other side of the closed double glass windows.” pic.twitter.com/PkODSOyVue
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 14, 2020
Video: people all over Spain going out to our balconies to applaud our health workers while the country is in quarantine and the cases are still rising over 6000.
I’ve taken this video from my balcony in Barcelona. As you see, it’s a Saturday night and nobody is on the street 💪 pic.twitter.com/S6d1BbzjDi
— Marina Aísa (@MarinaAisa) March 14, 2020
This video shows the healthcare staff clapping in response to the heartwarming gesture.
Emocionantes momentos por toda España
Parte del personal sanitario en Móstoles saliendo a devolver el #AplausoSanitario, escuchad bien, q aprovechan para mandar el mensaje: “No salgáis” #YoMeQuedoEnCasa #EsteVirusLoParamosUnidos
Gr. @gabrielortega_ pic.twitter.com/izchBwXO7e
— RarasNoInvisibles (@NoInvisibles) March 14, 2020
Spain has confirmed 7,753 infections and 288 deaths due to the novel coronavirus, reports BBC. Italy, which reported 3,590 new cases and 368 deaths in a span of 24 hours yesterday, is also under lockdown. Italians also came together to lift each others’ spirits and sing songs from their balconies during the quarantine.
Thank you for showing us that even in times of crisis, humanity always wins!