April 01, 2020
The efforts of medical personnel at the frontline of the battle against Coronavirus was given special recognition with the staining of the Empire State Building in New York with red and white lights.
Health workers helping to curb the spread of Coronavirus and treat those who have been infected with the disease are the real heroes in these trying times. It is mostly thanks to them that the virus hasn't spread more than its present rate.
Health workers have been the unsung heroes in the world's fight against COVID-19 but will have a special tribute paid to them starting from tonight.
This is because the Empire State Building will, from tonight until the end of the COVID-19 battle, be lit up in red and white ambulance siren colors as a tribute to the emergency health workers in the United States.
The Empire State Building made this known in a tweet, where it stated that it would never stop shining its light for the health workers. In an accompanying tweet, they added:
"At 9 PM, NYC's theme song will play in our lights with our @iheartradio @aliciakeys #EmpireStateofMind music-to-light show, with the song playing..."
The song, "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z, which is considered as New York's anthem, would be played in sync with the lights.
The gesture by the Empire State Building comes after New York has become an epicenter of sorts of Coronavirus in the United States of America, with the highest number of infected persons in the country.
The act which occurred on March 18, was a message of hope to the countries battling with the virus and its negating effects.
There are over 38,000 people infected by the virus in the state, with more than 900 people dying from the disease, in the latest numbers given by John Hopkins early Tuesday morning.
The United States now has the highest number of cases in the world, with over 174,000 cases and over 3,400 deaths at the latest count.
The lighting up of the Empire State Building in New York is much similar to another tributary gesture done in Brazil, where the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio De Janeiro, was lit up with the flags of all the countries with reported cases of Coronavirus.
The act, which occurred on March 18, was a message of hope to the countries battling with the virus and its negating effects and was done during a special mass for Coronavirus.
Apart from the flags, the message, #Praytogether was also projected on the statue, and written in different languages of the world.
Then the number of reported cases stood at 218,000, but since then, there has been an astronomical rise in that statistic, with over 820,000 people now confirmed to be infected with the virus.