- As millions of people across the globe remain under coronavirus lockdown, life continues...
- A Spanish couple taught their grandchild how to bake cookies over a video call.
- Another couple got engaged on their balcony, cheered on by neighbours. A former US Marine nurse turned 104, with well-wishers and friends gathering near her home to celebrate.
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Lockdown has changed the daily lives of millions of people around the world. Many are finding inventive new ways to boost their spirits while isolating themselves from friends and family. Life continues: birthdays and anniversaries are still being celebrated and, as the following pictures attest, people are still managing to connect while staying apart.
With the older generations taking particular care to isolate themselves, grandchildren are temporarily separated from their grandparents. But technology is filling the gap: this boy in El Masnou, Spain, was guided by his grandparents to make cookies during the course of a video call.
Proposing on a balcony during lockdown may not be traditional, but neighbours joined in the celebrations as Juan Manuel Zamorano and Elena Gonzalez got engaged in Ronda, Spain.
Staying fit and active can be a struggle under lockdown – yet physical activity is also beneficial to mental health. Residents in a borough of London, UK, gathered on their doorsteps for a fitness class.
What is the World Economic Forum doing about the coronavirus outbreak?
Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires global cooperation among governments, international organizations and the business community, which is at the centre of the World Economic Forum’s mission as the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
Since its launch on 11 March, the Forum’s COVID Action Platform has brought together 1,667 stakeholders from 1,106 businesses and organizations to mitigate the risk and impact of the unprecedented global health emergency that is COVID-19.
The platform is created with the support of the World Health Organization and is open to all businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, aiming to integrate and inform joint action.
As an organization, the Forum has a track record of supporting efforts to contain epidemics. In 2017, at our Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was launched – bringing together experts from government, business, health, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of vaccines. CEPI is currently supporting the race to develop a vaccine against this strand of the coronavirus.
In Los Angeles in the US, a dance instructor filmed a video in front of a giant mural. Data shows people are largely following the instructions to stay home.
Well-wishers and friends gathered outside the home of Ruth Gallivan in San Diego, USA, to help celebrate her birthday. The former US Marine nurse turned 104 during the outbreak.
A member of a neighbourhood association, set up to support people during the coronavirus outbreak, delivers shopping to a lady in Nice, France. Community support schemes have been springing up in many locations, providing vital help to those in need.