Coronavirus: Good News Stories from Australia and Around the World

Written by Emma Tommasini

Amidst the panic buying, toilet paper brawls and general anxiety and confusion, these trying times have triggered an outpouring of generosity kindness and community spirit around the world. The following are some good news stories and heart-warming happenings that have emerged from the Convid-19 Pandemic. 

1. Chinese medics were seen celebrating and removing their protective gear after the final coronavirus hospital was shut down - because it no longer had enough cases.

2. A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for six days in Wuhan, China

3. The world's youngest coronavirus patient, a newborn in London, who was likely infected shortly after birth is said to be "out of danger" and recovering well.

4. Venice canals, usually bogged down with tourists in gondolas and motorboats are now crystal clear. Those who venture out into the city and peer down into the water may even see little silver fish swimming around.The city's famous canals have never been cleaner, according to many reports. 

5. Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is "at least partly" due to factories shutting down in response to the coronavirus, US space agency Nasa says. Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai often blanketed in thick smog are now seeing rare blue skies. 

4.  In Italy, where citizens have been in lockdown, impromptu mass singing and dance-alongs have been taking place via balconies. While community members cannot be physically together, people all across the country have been keeping there spirits up by coming together in song. 

5. Across Spain, it was organised via social media for people to give a round of applause in gratitude to health workers on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Families came out onto balconies, others reached out of windows to cheer and clap amid shouts of "Viva los medicos" - Long Live Doctors!.

6. Australian supermarkets have announced this week a 'dedicated shopping hour' from 7-8 am each day reserved for the elderly and people with disability in the community so they do not miss out on essential supplies. 

7. Neighbourhood Facebook groups are popping up all over Australia with people sharing messages of support and local information with those who live nearby. Many of these groups have circulated a note, to print out and drop into letterboxes on their street, offering help in the form of picking up shopping, urgent supplies, posting letters or even just a friendly phone call. 

8. After Disneyland shut down, they donated all their extra food to a food bank for needy people, in Orange, Ohio. 

9. A distillery in Oregon is making hand sanitizer and giving it out for free.

10. Celebrities and musicians in lockdown are flooding social media with free entertainment and live streams to connect with their fans and provide comfort during this stressful time. Famous faces include Cold-plays Chris Martin, Lizzo, Rita Wilson, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, John Legend and Hilary Duff. 

11. An aquarium in Chicago, closed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, has been showing livestreams of their animals in lieu of public visits. Two of their residents- Edward and Annie the penguins were shown checking out their new icy enclosure at the zoo. 

12. George R. R. Martin is writing 'Game of Thrones' everyday while in isolation

13. In Matoba, Far North Queensland, two best friends aged 4 and 6 have used their pocket money and coins from the 'tooth fairy' to buy toilet paper and tissues. With precious cargo in cart they headed down neighbouring streets giving out loo paper and tissues to elderly residents and those in need. 


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