With the world still in turmoil because of coronavirus, it can be very easy to become discouraged. Yet, it is important to keep a balanced perspective. There are actual signs of hope throughout this thing, and I think it is important to discuss them to keep our spirits up and our motivation that things will improve. Here goes:
New Brunswick has no new cases of COVID-19 for the second straight day, the chief medical officer of health announced Monday.
The province's total number of infections stands at 118, Dr. Jennifer Russell told reporters during the daily update in Fredericton.
This is the sixth day in the last 10 that a new case of COVID-19 has not been reported, said Russell. In the past week, there have been just four new cases, she said.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has thanked people for "stopping an uncontrolled explosion of Covid-19", as she announced an easing of lockdown.
The country has been praised for its quick and strict response to the virus, and will move from "Level 4" lockdown to "Level 3" late next Monday.
It means some businesses can reopen, along with some schools, while rules on local travel will be relaxed.
Level 3 will last for at least two weeks, with a new decision on 11 May.
Separately, New Zealand closed its borders to almost all foreign travellers on 19 March - but that policy remains unchanged.