Britons take part in Clap for Carers for 10th and possibly last time

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    Millions of people across the UK have lined their thresholds, gathered – while socially distancing – on pavements, and stood in their gardens at 8pm every Thursday to demonstrate their support for care staff and frontline workers.

    But the ritual has been criticised by some for becoming “politicised”, while others, including NHS staff, have said some people who take part in the clap then wilfully ignore the plea to stay at home and avoid gatherings in an effort to ease the strain on the healthcare system.

    Annemarie Plas, 36, said she has no problem with people continuing to gather at 8pm each week to clap, but said she will not be among those taking part in future.

    “To have the most impact I think it is good to stop it at its peak,” she said. “Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised. I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative.”

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