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Watch people quarantined in Spain leaning out of windows to applaud frontline medical workers

Connor Perrett , Business Insider US
 Mar 18, 2020, 08:53 AM
MADRID, SPAIN - 2020/03/16: Gran Via, the main str
Gran Via, the main street of Madrid seen deserted after the lockdown.
  • Spanish Prime Minister Petro Sánchez announced over the weekend that the country was on a nationwide lockdown as it worked to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • Across the country, people took to balconies and windows to cheer on Italy's healthcare workers on the front lines of the fight to stop the novel coronavirus spread.
  • The videos were shared to social media, where some healthcare workers even responded with a video of their own.
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When Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced Saturday a nationwide lockdown as the country grapples with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, some of Spain's more than 46 million people in cities across the country took to their balconies and craned their necks out of apartment windows to applaud for the nation's healthcare workers.

Videos from balconies across Spanish cities ran rampant on social media, as people praises and thanked Spanish healthcare workers on the frontline of the nation's COVID-19 outbreak.

The cheers and applause could be heard at around 10 p.m. local time throughout the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona, according to The Independent.

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Videos flooded social media with #AplausoSanitario, ("I applaud health services"). Others used the phrase "quedate en casa," urging people to stay in their homes as the country grapples with the outbreak.

Cheers and applause were also directed toward hospitals.

Spanish healthcare workers responded to the public appreciation by sharing videos on Twitter, thanking the public for their applause and for staying indoors.

People in Spain are only permitted to venture outdoors to purchase food and medicine or to go to work, hospitals, and banks. They are also permitted to travel if the trip involves assisting young or elderly people. The isolation measures in Spain follow similar measures in other nations, particularly Italy, which is dealing with the largest COVID-19 outbreak outside of China.

Spain has so far dealt with 9,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 335 deaths, according to data from Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The numbers put Spain in the largest outbreak in Europe behind Italy, which has reported 1,809 deaths.

As Business Insider previously reported, the Spanish government has taken numerous steps in an attempt to combat the spread. The country on Monday announced it was nationalising all private hospitals and healthcare providers in the country. It also asked fourth-year medical students to assist in healthcare facilities and advised companies capable of manufacturing medical equipment to contact government officials.

Spanish police are using drones to monitor the movement of citizens amid government pleas for them to stay indoors, according to a previous Business Insider report.

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