It's easy to feel down in these strange times. But let's not forget that whilst positive news may be well-disguised by the pandemic, they are still there.
One thing is for sure and that is that we will get through this before we know it. Here are three positive news about the Coronavirus. We hope they bring you some light relief and hope that better times are to come.
Antibodies test approved in the UK
On May 14, it was announced that Public Health England had approved its first antibodies test. This means people who may have had the Coronavirus will be able to confirm it and therefore could now be immune to it. It is thought that a large number of people (between 25 and 50% of all cases) could be asymptomatic and have had the coronavirus without realising it.
According to the BBC, the test would first be given to health and social care workers.
Countries begin easing lockdown
After successful periods of social distancing, some countries have started easing their lockdown restrictions.
This week, New Zealand announced that some non-essential businesses as well as healthcare and education will be able to resume after weeks of strict measures. The country says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19 and effectively eliminated the virus.
In Spain, children have been allowed outside for walks for the first time in weeks and in China some have returned to school.
Italy, one of the hardest hit countries, will permit international and regional travel staring June 3rd. Restaurants and non-essential retailers will be able to open on Monday, May 18th.
London could be Coronavirus-free by June
Approximately 24 people per day are catching coronavirus in London, UK, according to new modelling. Forecasts predict that if cases continue to decrease, London could beat the virus within weeks. Public Health England together with Cambridge University calculated that the virus reproduction rate (R) has fallen in London, and the number of new cases are halving every 3.5 days.