Uplifting new videos show residents in North American cities cheering on healthcare workers from the confines of their apartment buildings as the coronavirus crisis worsens.
Locals in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia have started to step out onto their balconies each evening at 8pm to applaud the doctors and nurses battling the COVID-19 outbreak in nearby hospitals.
Residents in downtown Vancouver, Canada have also started a similar ritual, with residents cheering each evening at 7pm as a show of solidarity to those on the frontline.
The scenes echo those from coronavirus-stricken cities in Spain and Italy, where locked down locals in Madrid, Milan and Rome pay tribute to their healthcare workers each evening.
Residents on apartment balconies in Vancouver are pictured Tuesday applauding and making noise in a daily show of support for healthcare workers who helping fight the coronavirus
Stirring footage shared to Instagram by Atlanta local Charles Phillip Langley shows hundreds of residents in high-rise apartment blocks whooping and hollering for their city’s workers on Sunday night.
In the clip, the entire neighborhood is drowned out in cheers, which continue for close to a minute.
Langley stated that ‘everyone’ in the vicinity was involved in the heartwarming act, with viewers of the video describing it as ‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’.
It’s likely that workers in nearby hospitals, including Emroy University Hospital, may have heard the rousing show of support.
Meanwhile, the tradition continued on Tuesday night, with footage recorded by fellow Midtown Atlanta resident Murry Evans.
His clip reveals that locals have now begun to bang pots and pans to create added noise for the doctors and nurses, as well as other workers who help keep the city running.
Georgia is one of the US states hardest hit by the virus outbreak, with nearly 1,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 38 people have died in relation to the virus.
Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed Wednesday that ICU beds at the city’s hospitals are already at capacity.
Locals in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia have started to step out onto their balconies each evening at 8pm to applaud the doctors and nurses battling the COVID-19 outbreak in nearby hospitals
Georgia is one of the US states hardest hit by the virus outbreak, with nearly 1,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 38 people have died in relation to the virus. A Georgia medical worker is pictured last Tuesday
Nearly 60,000 people have tested positive to COVID-19 in the United States as of Wednesday morning. More than 800 have died
Similar scenes have been playing out in downtown Vancouver, Canada, with the cheering happening each evening at 7pm.
Local Caroline Rohaly shared the clip to Facebook Sunday, has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, which has already been ‘liked’ more than 12,000 times.
Thousands have left comments beneath the video, with several claiming the footage left them in tears.
‘We should all be doing this. A small gesture to show our support. Grab your bells and whistles,’ one inspired viewer wrote.
617 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Canadian province of British Columbia, with 13 deaths.
A person dressed as a “Star Wars” Stormtrooper bangs a vodka bottle with a spoon in support of healthcare workers in Vancouver on Tuesday
A woman claps from an entrance to a balcony in Vancouver as part of the evening ritual which occurs at 7pm each night
Many of those have been recorded in Vancouver – with particular concern now that a cluster of cases has cropped up at one of the city’s care homes.
15 residents and 25 staff members have all tested positive to the novel coronavirus at Haro Park Centre.
Vancouver is just across the border from Washington state – where a care home became the first center of the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
37 people connected to the Life Care center in Kirkland, Washington have died in relation to COVID-19.
Vancouver residents have shared footage of their evening ritual to social media sites including Twitter and Facebook