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Compilation of all Hopeful News on Coronavirus

Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a halt. As more countries go into lock down, the amount of anxiety and hopelessness in the air is beyond explaining. To let the world not give in to negativity around the crisis, we are compiling a list of positive developments in the world’s war against COVID-19. Stay and home and be hopeful. 

This is a list of curated articles from verified sources. The list will be updated with new hopeful news every day.

Health and Medicine

  • Trials of First Coronavirus vaccine has begun in Seattle, the dosage was given to healthy volunteers which will be after 28 days. Economic Times
  • Madrid Conference Centre to be turned into Europe’s largest COVID care centre with 5,500 hospital beds, including intensive care units set in the 240,000 square metres. Reuters
  • Korean firm PCL has devised a method that can detect COVID-19 in ten minutes. Asia Tech Daily
  • According to research from Johns Hopkins University, more than 100,000 COVID-19 patients have already made full recoveries from the infection. WEF
  • Hospitals in chennai deploy robots as front line assist to reduce exposure of medical staff to COVID 19 patients. Times of India
  • 103-year-old Iranian grandmother becomes the oldest to recover from Coronavirus fully. Daily Mail
  • Canadian scientists isolate the virus responsible for the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, this is a big breakthrough towards finding the cure for the pandemic that has spread all across the world. Independent
  • At least 20 vaccines for Corona are under development and observation around the world as per WHO. CNBC


  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a new initiative that will work to identify, develop and scale-up treatments for the virus. Seattle Times
  • Netflix announces a relief fund of $100 million for unemployed industrial workers. Variety
  • IKEA donates 50,000 face masks to hospitals in Sweden to eliminate shortage for front line workers. GoodNewsNetwork
  • Jack Ma has announced that his company will be donating supplies of emergency medical essentials to 10 South Asian Countries. India Today

Leadership and Governance

  • The UK is paying 80% of wages to any worker facing unemployment during the pandemic. CNN
  • Kerala Government has announced a 20,000 crore package for the state to get over the crisis. Business Standard
  • Canada Government has rolled out a billion-dollar fund for research and relief on COVID-19. CBC
  • G20 has announced a $5 trillion fund to support the global economy from collapsing. Al Jazeera
  • Government of India has listed sanitizers and masks under essentials until June 2020 to regulate availability in markets. Business Standard
  • UP Government to compensate daily wage workers for losses due to lockdowns. Economic Times
  • Delhi Government has announced ‘free ration’ and doubled pensions for 72 lakh people in National Capital. NDTV
  • Cuba has dispatched a team of doctors and nurses to assist the medical team of Italy to fight the pandemic.  India Today


  • Air pollution levels fall drastically in areas quarantined due to Coronavirus scare. BBC
  • Earth’s Ozone layer is healing itself as per the newest research published in the Nature Magazine. Independent
  • Amid lockdown, the water running in canals have gone visibly cleaner in Venice as recent images surface online. CNBC

Industries and Corporates 

  • As the shortage increases, distilleries in the United States have volunteered to make their own sanitizers and give away for free. CNN
  • Renowned chef José Andrés turns his shut restaurants into community kitchens that feed the needy for free. Washington Post
  • Edtech firms have started offering free access to their courses as Coronavirus scare shuts down educational institutions to ensure students don’t miss out on learning.  Business Standard
  • Television medical dramas are donating masks, gowns, and gloves to hospitals over a shortage in coronavirus fight. Business Insider
  • Fashion Giant Louis-Vuitton has volunteered to make free sanitizers and healthcare products for the Health Department as long as necessary to tackle the nationwide shortage.  BBC
  • Mahindra Factories to make ventilators to overcome a shortage in Hospitals. Economic Times
  • A group of Italian volunteers are manufacturing respiratory valves using 3D printing technology to manage the massive shortage of medical supplies for treatment in the country. Verge
  • Jose Mourinho is busy packing vital supplies such as food and medication with community groups like Age UK and Love Your Doorstep to dispatch them to the elderly and less fortunate. Scroll
  • OYO room offers to turn their rooms into Quarantine centres to help the COVID-19 containment.  INC42
  • Reliance Industries will produce 100,000 masks per day for the health workers and provide free fuel to emergency vehicles carrying Covid-19 patients. Financial Express
  • Parle G has announced to donate 3 crore packages of biscuits to the needy through Government agencies. Economic Times


  • Prisoners of Central Prison, Nellore volunteer to make face masks to ensure consistent supply to the medical and emergency team. The New Indian Express
  • IIT Kharagpur students translate WHO advisory to 12 different languages to make the precautions and guidelines accessible to people from different regions. YourStory
  • A group of the Sikh diaspora have changed their method of serving langar (free food from community kitchen) in Australia, UK and Canada. Groups by delivering food at the doorsteps of those in need.  Times of India
  • Homeless people across North America are being offered shelter in everything from unused hotel rooms to designated self-isolation centres. GoodNewsNetwork
  • Justice S.M. Subramaniam of the Madras High Court has donated one month’s salary to the government to help the unorganized sectors who would lose income because of the outbreak. Times of India
  • As prices soar due to shortage amid coronavirus scare, a medical store owner in Kerala sells mask for at cheaper rates for public welfare. Times of India 
  • Several football clubs Brazil have offered their stadiums as makeshift field hospitals to treat and isolate the patients of Coronavirus. Al Jazeera
  • Homeless have been offered hotel rooms in the UK to avoid them getting infected by Coronavirus. BBC

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