As all of us sit at home, still processing the lifestyle changes covid-19 has brought along and trying to cope with such unforeseen circumstances—a sense of hopelessness looms over us. The year 2020 has been exceptionally eventful and not in the merriest way.
Starting from the pandemic outbreak to war threats and police brutality—there has been tension on all fronts. And we all can really use a break from the negativity to take a look at the better things happening around us, appreciate them, and draw inspiration from these stories.
So we’re bringing to you five pieces of great covid-19 news that will cheer you up in these difficult times and restore your faith in the world.
1. Delhi’s recovery rate, highest in India, is at a whopping 85%
In the month of June, an expert committee predicted as many as 5.5 lakh covid-19 cases in India. This prediction was followed by unprecedented steps by the Delhi government including limiting covid-19 treatment only for the residents of Delhi and even trying to convert small nursing homes into covid-19 care centres.
Halfway into July, when Delhi was expected to have 2.5 lakh cases as per the prediction, the national capital has 1,16,993 cases which are almost half of the estimated figure. In fact, even the city’s recovery rates are high (85%), the number of new cases per day is relatively low, and there are four thousand vacant beds under Delhi’s covid care. If this doesn’t instill you with hope, we don’t know what will.
2. Serum Institute of India will produce 1 billion doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Early human trials of the covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and drug maker AstraZeneca seem to be showing promising results. As the world awaits more information about the vaccine, the Serum Institute of India has entered into a manufacturing partnership with the company. And according to sources the institute will manufacture and supply 1 billion doses of the vaccine.
3. Asymptomatic covid 19-positive patients organise a flash mob at a covid care centre in Karnataka
A group of asymptomatic covid-19 patients organised a flash mob in a quarantine centre in Ballari, Karnataka. The video of these mask-clad patients dancing to regional and Bollywood music at the covid care is making the rounds on social media and bringing joy to netizens.
4. 15-year-old cousins raise funds for health camps for the needy
Two 15-year-old cousins Arjun and Kayra from the Shri Ram School, New Delhi, have created a Children’s Health Action Management Project (CHAMP), and have been raising funds to set up a health check-up camp for underprivileged communities. Followed by meticulous planning, the kids started crowdfunding of their plan so that the collected money could be used to set-up health camps in schools for the needy children. Isn’t that heartening?
5. Delhi sero-survey results are our and over 23% of residents have coronavirus antibodies
A sero-surveillance study conducted by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in collaboration with the Delhi government found that 23.48% of the city’s respondents had IgG antibodies, indicating many people were likely infected by coronavirus but were asymptomatic.