Taxis form convoy in moving tribute to NHS workers

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A huge convoy of taxis paid an incredible tribute to NHS workers while hundreds showed their support outside a hospital.

At 8pm on Thursday night, dozens of drivers took part in the ongoing Clap for Carers campaign in their own unique way.

Decorated with balloons and colourful signs, the stream of taxis and private hire cars drove past Southport Hospital while hundreds of supporters cheered for the nurses, doctors and other NHS workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

The clap was led by a emotional performance by a local bagpiper.

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There was also an incredible turn out at the Royal Hospital in Liverpool as nurses and staff joined their supporters at the front of the hospital to cheer on their colleagues.

Paramedics joined the clap and were applauded by the hospital staff while the public cheered for them.

It is the eighth week in a row that thousands across the country have turned out to support our dedicated front line and key workers.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK lockdown could be eased because that nation’s ‘R value’ – the rate in which the virus is being transmitted – had dropped below one.

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But there are fears in Merseyside because the infection rate does not appear to be coming down as quickly as it is in other areas of the country.

And according to data gathered by Merseyside Resilience Forum ’s (MRF) Intelligence cell, the Merseyside region has a significantly higher death rate than England and the rest of the North West.

As a result, council leaders in Merseyside are urging people to act with common sense in relation to the government's relaxation of lockdown regulations and stay home as much as possible.