We all could agree that it's hard not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world due to the coronavirus scare. This global pandemic has given us a lot of stress and anxiety as we continue to keep isolation from our peers. But here at ABS-CBN Lifestyle, we invite you to cheer up—we start with all the positive news recently giving us a glimmer of hope and optimism amid uncertainty. Read on!
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More than 70% have recovered and been discharged from hospitals in China
World Health Organization said that of about 80,000 people positive with COVID-19 in China, more than 70% have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. It was also said that the last temporary hospital built in Wuhan, China, has been closed.
China reported only one new local infections for the first time
In China, where the coronavirus started, only a number of new local COVID-19 cases has been reported in the last few days. (Meanwhile, there were 39 new cases comprising those who traveled abroad.) "For the second consecutive day, there was only one more fresh infection in Wuhan, the central city where the virus first emerged late last year," said the National Health Commission.
Recoveries outnumber coronavirus cases in South Korea
South Korea has the largest number of confirmed cases in Asia, next to China. However, the number of recoveries is now bigger than the number of new infections. "For the second day in a row, the daily number of recovered people exceeded that of new confirmed cases since South Korea's first patient was confirmed on Jan 20," Channel News Asia wrote.
Clearer skies in Manila
As people have stopped their daily activities due to the regulations surrounding work and travel, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have declined in some cities and countries, as reported by BBC. Several citizens, including Doug Kramer, have also posted online photos of a clearer Metro Manila skyline.
More help coming in from other countries
As you may know, there is lack of medical resources—particularly COVID-19 testing supplies and PPEs—in the Philippines. Other countries are helping in by donating their resources: Singapore is donating 3,000 COVID test kits and one PCR machine; China donated over 100,000 test kits, 10,000 personal protective equipment, 100,000 surgical masks and 10,000 N95 masks; South Korea has also donated test kits, and the Jack Ma Foundation has pledged 50,000 test kits.
Bayanihan continues to shine through
Filipinos are in a unified front as they find ways to help each other despite the global pandemic. Celebrities are giving back to the community, businesses and brands are donating for COVID-related funds, non-profit organizations and other individuals and groups are calling for donations, and a lot of restaurants are giving free food to our frontliners.
People from all over the world are showing resiliency
As people are confined to their homes, more and more are showing ways to lift each others' spirits. In many viral videos spreading in Europe, people are gathering at their windows and balconies to sing and dance, others led an exercise class from his roof, and some projected videos on their apartment buildings for everyone to see.
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