Good News Wednesday

Updated: May 7, 2020

Collection of positive stories from around the world to brighten your day.

  • We think it's worth repeating Monday's OGN headline item (just in case you missed it): Scientists conclude we cannot be infected twice with Covid-19. Early reports to the contrary were wrong.

  • New Zealand – which responded to the pandemic more successfully than most nations – reported no new virus cases for the second day in a row on Tuesday.

  • Residents of Cornwall, England are planting sunflower seeds in a campaign that aims to bring people together during lockdown.

  • California: Staff at Dignity Health Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz are rejoicing after receiving a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor who asked for the money to be divided amongst the employees.

  • Israel has made a “significant breakthrough” and isolated a key coronavirus antibody in its research labs, according to the country’s defence minister. It is hoped the antibody can neutralise the virus.

  • US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the emergency use of the antiviral remdesivir as the country’s first drug treatment for COVID-19.

  • The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is supporting its vibrant café and restaurant culture through the crisis by designating all public spaces as open air cafés, allowing restaurants to open and serve customers while observing physical distancing guidelines.

  • Britain and US launch talks for 'ambitious' free trade deal. Let's hope it's a success, because Brexit negotiations are about to enter our (zoom) conversations again.

  • Looks like fishing and golf may have restrictions eased in the UK very shortly.

  • UK: tired of getting everything organised for creating your gourmet lunches and dinners? OGN recommend their top two home delivery options for inspiring recipes, delicious ingredients, and remarkably simple cooking instructions.

  • Austria’s first loosening of its lockdown three weeks ago, in which thousands of shops reopened, has not led to a new spike in infections, its health minister announced.

  • France: Government to offer everyone €50 to get on their bike post-lockdown, in bid to change travel culture for good.

  • Opera: if you fancy a little opera mixed with hope and humour, this clever - and beautifully sung - variation of Nessun Dorma is well worth 2 minutes of your day.