Spanish take to their balconies to applaud medical staff battling coronavirus

People in Spain staged a show of support for the country's doctors and nurses to thank them for their efforts to protect the population from the coronavirus, on Saturday night.

Residents of apartment blocks in Madrid came out onto their balconies and applauded the medical staff. Some let off fireworks.

The tribute came in response to calls on social media for people to express their appreciation to Spain's medical professionals.

It followed Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's nationally televised address where he detailed a battery of exceptional measures to combat the spread of the virus.