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People across the UK have been praising the heroic actions of workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic such as doctors and nurses.
The nation took part in a mass round of applause to thank carers and NHS staff by taking to their balconies and doorsteps to clap, bang pans and let off fireworks.
The celebration has now become a weekly event to highlight the country’s deepening appreciation for those putting themselves at risk: the deaths of two nurses were announced on Friday alone.
But while medics are undoubtedly fully deserving of praise for their work in tackling the pandemic, there are many others working behind the scenes in crucial roles whose efforts are sometimes overlooked.
They include hospital porters, cleaners, catering staff, security and care workers.
Without the important contribution of some of these workers putting themselves at daily risk of getting ill with the virus, critical work desperately needed would grind to a halt.
HuffPost UK spoke to some of the unsung heroes playing a necessary part during the Covid-19 pandemic.
No one wants to be treated in a dirty hospital. Cleaning is extremely important during this crisis to make sure the virus doesn’t spread.Iwo Domeracki, housekeeping supervisor at Christchurch Hospital in Bournemouth
Cleanliness and strict hygiene are always of paramount importance in a hospital setting to prevent the risk of infection – but during the coronavirus pandemic, it is even more essential.
Iwo Domeracki, housekeeping supervisor at Christchurch Hospital in Bournemouth, told HuffPost UK cleaners are the first weapon against the spread of the virus in hospitals.
Iwo, 31, who has worked in the NHS for 12 years, explained: “Cleaners are at the point where they can help stop the infection from being transmitted to another person.
“With something like coronavirus which unfortunately can...