With the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the whole world is talking about this epidemic which has become a pandemic and is taking lives globally. But with that, it has positively affected the environment also across the globe. Let’s check this out.
Details About The Pandemic:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China, during the end of December last year. More than 81000 active cases and 3000 deaths due to this virus have been reported in China till now. It was on complete lockdown due to this. Latest reports now say that the cases are declining in China.
Not only that, but the virus has also spread across the globe, declaring Europe as the new epicentre. COVID-19 has worst-hit Italy after China with estimated deaths crossing 6000. Due to this, various nations around the world are forced to go on lockdown. India, France, Spain and many more countries are on complete lockdown.
As nations are on complete lockdown, people are not allowed to travel, go out of their houses, do any business work etc. This has affected the environment in various positive ways.
1. Dolphins Returns To Venice Canals As Italy Enters Third Week Of Lockdown:
As Italy is worst hit due to COVID-19, it has been on lockdown for the last three weeks. This has resulted in people to stay indoors, and no one is allowed to go outside. People are sharing their stories to the world from their balconies. One such view was recently shared from Venice where dolphins are seen swimming in the canal waters. Many Venetians are seen sharing pictures of clean canals, dolphins, fishes and swans returning to their original home.
Boars in the middle of my hometown, dolphins in the port of Cagliari, ducks in the fountains in Rome, Venice canals have now clean water full of fishes. Air pollution dropped. Nature is reclaiming its spaces during quarantine in Italy. #COVID19 #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/dr6QILfF9V
— Francesco Delrio (@Cosodelirante) March 15, 2020
2. Penguins Explore Shedd Aquarium Amidst Lockdown in Chicago:
Amidst the Lockdown in Chicago, Shedd Aquarium closed its door for two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak. However, the staff comes regularly to take care of the animals. Taking this opportunity, they decided to let penguins explore the near-empty premises. Here, Wellington can be seen meeting some fishes.
Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴
Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor. pic.twitter.com/KgYWsp5VQD
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 15, 2020
Edward and Annie can be seen roaming freely and exploring the place:
The adventure continues! 🐧🐧
This morning, Edward and Annie explored Shedd’s rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Springtime is nesting season for penguins at Shedd, and this year is no different! (1/3) 👇 pic.twitter.com/VdxN3oQAfe
— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) March 16, 2020
This is one of the best time to introduce the animals to new experiences, make them explore, increase their activeness by indulging in more activities etc.
3. Dolphins Spotted Playing In Mumbai Waters
More than 500 active coronavirus cases and ten deaths have been reported in India so far. This has led to India been on complete lockdown. All flights and trains have been cancelled. People are staying indoors; traveling is wholly shut, no work etc. With no humans has led to a decrease in pollution.
Other positive affect of this can be seen in the waters of Mumbai where dolphins were seen playing and enjoying their moments. Near the Marine Drive, Chowpatty and Breach Candy Club etc. the dolphins are having a great time due to no human interference. Celebrities like Juhi Chawla and many Mumbaikars were seen sharing these awesome moments on social media.
The air in Mumbai is so nice, light and fresh ..!!! I can’t believe it 😃… and it seems dolphins were sighted just off the shore near Breach Candy club ..!!! This shutdown of cities is not so bad after all #CoronavirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/t94vhFyPRy
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) March 21, 2020
4. NASA Satellite Images Reveal Drastic Decline In China’s Pollution
Images revealed by Nasa Satellites show a drastic decline in ‘pollution levels’ in China. This is due to economic slowdown due to the coronavirus outbreak resulting in lockdown in the country. There was a significant decrease in nitrogen dioxide over China.
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) March 4, 2020
5. The European Space Agency Shows Decline in Pollution Levels Over Italy
With the coronavirus outbreak and Italy going on a complete lockdown from March 9, 2020, The European Space Agency noticed a reduction in Nitrogen Dioxide across Europe but particularly over Northern Italy. This is due to hardly any vehicles or planes; people are indoors etc.
Coronavirus drastically affects business. NO2 is caused by industrial activity. Reduced NO2 concentration in March is well visible over Italy. @ESA_EO @CopernicusEU @COVID19Update https://t.co/F8EpdP88Fp
— Josef Aschbacher (@AschbacherJosef) March 13, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak has created a significant impact globally and has affected the economies of all the nations as well. But with countries going on a lockdown which has stopped all the working, this has led to making the environment getting cleaner which in turn is flourishing nature.