Coronavirus positive: Good news round-up - Japan honours health heroes with flypast

Dominic Penna
Medical workers react as they watch the 'Blue-Impulse' aerobatic team of Japan Air Self-Defense Force as they fly over the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital to salute the medical workers at the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tokyo, Japan - Reuters

A scenic salute in Japan this Friday, as the country's medical workers were honoured with a flyover in recognition of their work. 

Doctors and nurses were able to enjoy the 'Blue-Impulse' acrobatic flypast as it made its way over the Self-Defence Forces Central Hospital.

This comes in the same week as the country continues to lift several of its coronavirus restrictions, and new cases in Tokyo have remained below 40 for less than a fortnight.

Voluntary social distancing and targeting clusters of the infection, including nightclubs and gyms, have been at the centre of the country's success, with cases having peaked in April.

Elsewhere, a 111-year-old woman in Chile has become one of the oldest people in the world to recover from coronavirus after an outbreak at her care home. Juana Zúñiga had existing respiratory issues, but was not badly affected by the virus, and employees said that she had not shown symptoms.

And a university in Denmark has developed the world’s first automatic robot which can carry out throat swabs to test patients for coronavirus. Ten researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have contributed to the creation of the machine, which uses a 3D-printed disposable arm that is swapped after each patient.

Here’s the rest of today’s good news:

  • Health officials in New Zealand announced on Friday that there is now just one active case in the country. The nation's response to Covid-19 has attracted wide praise, and gatherings of 100 people also became allowed as of Friday. The country is now seeking to use social distancing as a means of curbing the spread of other infections.
  • A zoo in Siberia which has closed its doors to visitors during lockdown has seen a flurry of new baby births. The baby boom at Royey Ruchey Zoo extends to rare Egyptian goslings, baby llamas, and reindeer calves, with zoo staff helping to ensure that the new arrivals are cared for.
  • More than half of the national parks in Canada are due to reopen from June 1 as the rate of coronavirus infections continues to drop. Twenty-nine of the 48 parks will open for day use, environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson has announced, including Pacific Rim in British Columbia and the Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia.
  • France is to reopen bars, cafes and restaurants whilst lifting travel restrictions inside the country from next week as part of the second phase of its exit from lockdown. Prime minister Edouard Philippe said that after two and a half months, the country is entering a new stage, where “freedom is the rule and restriction the exception”.
  • Robbie Williams rejoins Take That on Friday night for a virtual gig to raise money for music therapy and crew workers affected by the current shutdown of live events. Whilst they may not be back for good, it could be the greatest day in some time for those missing the shine of their wholesome arena pop.
  • As sports fans look forward to the restart of the Premier League, four games will be broadcast free to air on BBC Sport for the first time since the start of the league in 1992. The Premier League picks up again on June 17, subject to Government approval, with an unprecedented number of midweek fixtures.


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A boy racer makes the most of loosened restrictions in Rome.

Boy racer Rome - Andreas Solaro/AFP


The tenth and apparently final Clap for Carers took place on Thursday night:


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