Husain Mohamed - Radio Islam News - 20.03.2020
If it seems that your news feed has been flooded with nerve-wracking updates on the COVID-19 outbreaks. Have no fear, there are also plenty of positive updates on the pandemic as well.
New cases of the novel coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December are being reported daily around the world. At least 10 000 people globally have died from COVID-19, as the illness is officially known, while more than 200 000 infections have been confirmed in at least 164 countries and territories.
It seems there is some light in all the darkness. Satellite readings of air pollution levels over China and Italy show that the regions hit hardest by the COVID-19 have also caused air pollution levels to decline dramatically.
Some reports estimate that China’s quarantine has saved more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere, which is about the equivalent of what Chile produces in a year.
Venice, one of Italy's biggest tourist attractions, which is usually heaving with visitors throughout the year is currently under lockdown as the coronavirus continues to spread, and locals in Venice have noticed that the water in the city's canals are reportedly cleaner than ever with the waters shining crystal clear in the absence of diesel-powered boats, with small fish visibly swimming around.
Several people have uploaded photos on Social Media to hail the positive impact the coronavirus is having on the environment.