During the new tradition of clapping for the essential workers of New York City, a beautiful rainbow appeared on Monday evening that touched the hearts of the entire city.

Keep scrolling to check out the beautiful pictures...

New York City is the worst affected part of our country right now...

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And a beautiful tribute was made recently for the essential workers of NYC after the disastrous Empire State Building's flashing red siren tribute made last month. But firstly...

As of today, the U.S. has 614,643 active cases of the deadly virus.

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This also includes 26,112 known deaths - the highest number of deaths in one country.

Our country appears to have become the new epicenter of the pandemic...

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And without a doubt, we have become the hardest hit as of last month.

This news comes just weeks after President Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter."

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Trump has repeatedly expressed how eager he is to lift lockdowns within weeks, despite warnings from experts and doctors that if the nation returns to work, COVID-19 cases could spike once again.

New York is the hotspot for coronavirus cases here in the States.

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So much so, that from last month, those who have been in New York (specifically, the New York metro area) are being asked to quarantine for fourteen days.

New York state alone has accounted for 203,123 cases...

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And 10,834 deaths - most of which have occurred in New York City.

According to a New York doctor, the number of patients on ventilators "more than doubled" in the last month.

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Dr. Craig Smith, chair of the department of surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City, explained, "We have not exhausted our existing supply of ventilators but if we keep doubling every three days, we might."

However, at last week's White House briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx said that Chicago and Detroit are also demonstrating a "concerning" spread of the virus.

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She said that those locations were showing a “more rapid increase" of spread.

Birx also said, “There is no reality on the ground that 60-70% of Americans will get infected in the next 8-12 weeks."

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This is certainly a worrying time for all us in America and across the globe.

Everyone working in healthcare has been affected by the pandemic...

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And first responders and emergency service workers have been working around the clock in a desperate bid to help keep the numbers at bay.

We cannot thank these heroes enough...

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But we can at least try through some public tributes!

A very public tribute was made last month in the heart of New York City.

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The Empire State Building was magnificently lit up to say thank you to the first responders and the emergency service workers.

It was lit up to resemble a red siren which represented the heartbeat of the United States...

And it certainly didn't fail to do this!

But residents were left feeling a little unnerved by this tribute.

A giant flashing siren overlooking the entire city isn't exactly the most peaceful of atmospheres... is it?

Many described it as a "nightmare"...

And even though some people saw a humorous side to it, the vast majority didn't.

It's clear that officials saw the mistake with their huge flashing siren...

And instead, the entire city has been taking part in a huge round of applause every evening at 7 pm to pay tribute to their healthcare workers.

And earlier this week, something remarkable happened during the applause.

After the downpour of rain and blustery winds died down on Monday night, a double rainbow arched over New York City's skyline, offering a brief moment of peace.

The timing was incredible...

And many of the 8.4 million residents of NYC managed to snap some beautiful pictures of the rainbow.

Many felt this was Mother Nature's way of thanking our heroes.

It is the least that they deserve!

A rainbow is a symbol of hope...

And that is exactly what the entire world needs right now - especially those working on the front line.

New Yorkers are known for being proud...

And it's safe to say that they are beyond feeling proud of their incredible city right now.

Streets that were once bustling with life have been left empty...

But the rainbow highlighted the peaceful atmosphere that has been left instead.

This kind of hope is exactly what our country needs right now.

Make sure to keep scrolling for the story of the healthcare worker who was applauded by her entire street as she made her way to work...