UK PM leads clap for Captain Tom

Elizabeth Piper and Michael Holden
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined people across the United Kingdom in clapping outside their front doors and balconies in a tribute to fundraiser Captain Tom Moore who died in hospital aged 100 after testing positive for COVID-19.

The family of Moore, who raised more than 30 million pounds ($A54 million) for the National Health Service, were among those who joined the applause at 6pm, saying they were incredibly touched by the idea to mark his passing.

"They will be taking part with huge love in their hearts for their father, grandfather and father-in-law," they said in a statement.

Earlier, the British parliament held a minute of silence in honour of Moore, who died on Tuesday in Bedford Hospital after suffering pneumonia and COVID-19, whilst condolences have poured in from around the world.

"We now all have the opportunity to show our appreciation of him and all that he stood for and believed in," said Johnson, who was joined by his fiancee Carrie to clap outside his Downing Street office.

Moore became renowned after his sponsored walk where he did 100 lengths of his garden with the aid of a walking frame and his cheerful outlook was credited with raising the public's spirits during last year's COVID-19 lockdown.