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New Cases Of Coronavirus Are Starting To Decrease, Here's What That Means

March 23rd was the last day that the amount of newly diagnosed cases went up.

We’re all desperate for good news abut the spread of coronavirus. It seems like such a bleak, unforgiving time at the moment with no real end in sight, so any news that tells us we might not be doomed is welcomed with open arms. Here’s what I’m clinging to today: new cases of coronavirus in Australia have decreased for a few days in a row now.

According the the Australian government website, March 23rd was the last day that the amount of newly diagnosed cases went up. Almost 400 new cases were diagnosed that day. Since then, the numbers have started dropping, and although we don’t have today’s numbers yet (because today isn’t over), we’re sitting at 143 new cases right now, so its looking like the number will continue to drop.

Credit: health.gov.au

Three (hopefully four including today) days in a row of new cases dropping is brilliant news. It means that people are sticking to the advice of staying home, washing their hands, and doing all those things we’ve heard about to flatten the curve. It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods just yet though. 

COVID-19 is incredibly contagious, we know that. All it would take would be – for example – an entire cruise ship worth of people who had been exposed to be let off into a major city like Sydney and left to wander around to affect the new cases rates. But that totally wouldn’t happen, right?

And 100% of people would absolutely take social distancing seriously, right?

It’s a good start, and the drop in new cases means that we’re doing something right. It doesn’t mean that we’ll all be allowed back out into normal life in the next week, but it means that we’re having an impact by staying home.

It doesn’t mean the statistics will stay this way forever – it won’t take much to set off a new round of new coronavirus cases, but we can absolutely take solace in the fact that people are working together to get to the other side of this thing.

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This Ugandan MP Just Dropped The Coronavirus Banger We All Need

Your new favourite song.

Right now, information about the spread of coronavirus is everywhere – and not all of it factual. While Australia spends its time trying to decipher whatever Scott Morrison just said (and then backflipped on), and wishing we could just look to Jacinda Ardern instead, Uganda has come up with the best possible coronavirus song to get official information out there. 

Like this but way better

First of all, starting with “The bad news is that everybody is a potential victim, but the good news is that everybody is a potential solution” is the most encouraging line I’ve heard out of this whole pandemic.

Give it a watch.

Now while you bop along to that for the rest of the day, here’s a fun fact for you. The musicians you see in the video are Bobi Wine and Nubian Li. Bobi Wine’s real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and he’s a Ugandan MP – representing the Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District. 

Bobi Wine is kind of a similar figure to Peter Garret. He’s been making music with a message since the early 2000s, and decided to try his hand at politics in 2017. He won his election very comfortably, and worked his way up to becoming a major opposition leader in Uganda.

He’s even been locked up for leading a demonstration against the current president, President Yoweri Museveni.

Across the globe, music has been a major way to help spread the message of what to do to flatten the curve. Vietnam gave us this incredibly catchy tune:

And the Ndlovu Youth Choir partnered with the South African government to give us this:

Bobi Wine’s version doesn’t just give us instructions though, it also gives a sense of hope which we’ve been so desperately missing over the last few months. Uganda’s coronavirus song is my favourite purely for the fact that it doesn’t send me into a spiraling depression.

“It’s a global pandemic we can never take for granted… It’s a matter of life we can never take for granted.”

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So You're Missing A Funeral Because Of Coronavirus Lockdown

This will pass soon enough, but there are moments you can’t get back.

We’re all missing out on things we wish we could be doing. Weddings, coffee dates, even just giving our mates a hug. As borders close and restrictions on public gatherings are put in place, the very grim realities of coronavirus are that we will be missing some pretty important events, like funerals.

I live in New South Wales. We got a call earlier in the week to say that a family friend we thought was perfectly healthy only has a short time to live. That friend lives in Tasmania, who have effectively closed their borders to mainland Australia (and anyone else for that matter) by introducing a mandatory two week quarantine for anyone who enters the state. Our friend doesn’t have two weeks.

It’s a pretty brutal realisation, but it’s one that I know I’m not alone in. People are going to be missing the births, funerals, and marriages of loved ones because of the coronavirus, and while this will all pass soon enough, those are moments you can’t get back. 

Coronavirus is so scary that a New York hospital system is banning birthing partners from hospital rooms. People in Italy are saying goodbye to their dying loved ones over video call.

People are giving birth alone and dying alone. 

When all this madness has passed and we’re allowed outside again, we’ll go to Tasmania and say goodbye to our friend properly. We’ll meet the babies that were born during quarantine, and we’ll sit with our friends and look at their wedding pictures. It’s tough right now. Really tough. We’ll get through to the other side, but we’ll never forget what and who we lost in the process.

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