Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic, many countries are increasing efforts in taking strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.
At Good News Malaysia, we continue to be inspired by the creative ways people from all over the world are coping with the self-quarantine period.
Here are some interesting highlights:
Spain – Rooftop aerobics
A Spanish fitness instructor called Gonzalo took to the rooftop of an apartment complex to conduct aerobics classes to ensure residents were active during their stay indoors.
As seen in the footage, residents were keen to join in the routine from their balconies, copying Gonzalo’s moves and had fun breaking a sweat through crunches, squats and star jumps.
Gonzalo told the Metro – “I think it’s an opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle and sport and that we are all united. …We will get through this”.
United States – Family and friends celebrate a centenarian’s birthday through nursing home window
In Massachusetts, Millie Erickson who just turned a 100 years old was given a birthday surprise by a host of family and friends who showed up just outside the window of a nursing home where she was being quarantined.
Her son, Gary Erickson told CNN, “She does not usually cry, but she did. She’s just thrilled to see everybody and she’s lived a good long life.”
Millie may not have blown candles on her birthday cake or opened presents for her 100th birthday, but she definitely received a truly priceless gift – the presence of family and friends who love and cherish her even if she could only see them through a window!
Italy – Singing and playing musical instruments
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 13, 2020
Italians have been staying indoors due to a nationwide lockdown since the 10th of March. In Sicily, residents came together to sing and play musical instruments to brighten their day and spread joy!
Also check out other positive updates from around the world:
1. Scientist in the United States prepare first COVID-19 vaccine for delivery to volunteers in test program. In Seattle, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute have successfully delivered the first batch of potential vaccines to volunteers at the start of the week. Jennifer Haller, a 43-year-old volunteer told Associated Press, “This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something”. She added that she was “feeling great” upon leaving the clinic.
2. China celebrates milestones of recovery since the initial shocking number of cases. Many medical staff and discharged patients celebrated the closure of all 14 temporary hospitals that opened in Wuhan to treat COVID-19 patients.
Watch the video clip below:
3. Michelin-Star Chef Jose Andres turned eight of his renowned restaurants in New York City and Washington, DC into gourmet soup kitchens offering take-away food. Take-away meals are sold at a relatively low price to those who can afford it. Volunteers at the community kitchen offer the same for free to those who are struggling to make ends meet due to financial constraints or those who have lost their jobs given the potential shutdown of businesses.
4. Chris Martin of Coldplay spreads positivity to social distancers staying at home through #TogetherAtHome Insta Series. The lead singer of popular British band, Coldplay encouraged people around the world to stay indoors as much as possible during the virus outbreak and launched a mini concert series for fans working from home and practising self-isolation. Set to perform next in the series is John Legend.
Watch the live performance below:
Let’s be considerate and look out for each other during these difficult times. Stay at home and share positive vibes as much as possible!
*Feature image sourced from ladbible.com/wvlt.tv