On April 5, New Yorkers cheered for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak as part of New York’s “Clap Because We Care” initiative. (The Washington Post)

NEW YORK — Ovations are on pause in the theaters and concert halls and stadiums of this city. But they haven’t ceased. They’ve just moved into the streets.

Like clockwork, they happen, every evening at 7. Up and down Manhattan — and probably the Bronx and Staten Island, too — cheers ring out from apartment towers and brownstones, along with the sounds of rhythmic chants, applause and whistles.