The Canadian city has been reporting under 100 cases for the last six day. Photo by Carmel Rossen on Unsplash
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Ontario’s new COVID case reports keep going down day-by-day

Plus, Nintendo sees a surge in profit, China pushes through with a gaming event, and San Francisco still has the virus in check. BY JACS T. SAMPAYAN
ANCX | Aug 09 2020

As the world remains mired in COVID-19 case counts and alarming updates, it’s hard to look past everyone’s grim newsfeeds. But opening our eyes wider to a bigger world that is, albeit slowly, starting to stand up should give us hope—or at least an easier day. ANCX will regularly gather positive developments in different corners of the globe to show that, in trying to move forward, we can confidently train our eyes upward.

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Ontario’s daily COVID cases continue to dip

Yesterday, Ontario reported that, for the sixth day in a row, new COVID infections have remained under 100. Only 70 cases were reported on Saturday, down from Friday’s report of 88, and Thursday’s 95. There have also been more recoveries than new cases. “Locally, 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases with 15 of them reporting no new cases,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted yesterday morning. In total, Ontario has had just under 40,000 cases with a little over 1,000 still active. Overall, Canada has had 119,000 confirmed cases and around 9,000 deaths.

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Nintendo posts record-breaking profit amidst the pandemic

Japanese gaming giant Nintendo had a 427 percent rise in its operating profit, its highest ever for the April to June quarter. With lockdowns keeping many people at home, demand soared for its console Switch along with its gaming titles. In the second quarter of this year, the Kyoto-based company had an operating profit of USD 1.3 billion and a net profit of 106 billion yen. Its top selling game, Animal Crossing: New Horizon, sold over 10 million copies in the the three months alone, bumping up their software sales. Other gaming companies like Sony have also benefited from the pandemic, and have similarly shown growth.

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San Francisco is largely a COVID success story

In comparison to other large cities in the United States, San Francisco has managed to keep COVID numbers in control. It only has had 7,000 COVID cases out of a population of 800,000—a small percentage of its state’s 540,000 total count. Its hospitals were never overwhelmed, allowing medical volunteers from the University of California, San Francisco to go help harder hit areas of the country. Experts attribute the city’s relative success to early implementation of work from home set ups, social pressure to wear masks in the city, local leaders listening to medical experts, and a forward thinking mindset.

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Two brothers send homemade cards to COVID patients in Arizona

Hurshneet and Pravneet Chadha, two brothers from Arizona, have started a project to give COVID patients in their city of Peoria something to be happy about. The 15- and 12-year-old launched Project Smile AZ, which gives homemade cards to coronavirus-stricken patients in nearby hospitals. "We wanted to make them feel accompanied on their journey to get better," says the older brother Hurshneet, who also shares that they got the idea by listening to their parents who are both doctors. "We want to make sure everyone is fine, and we want to make sure everyone is happy." So far, they’ve distributed 1,200 cards to non-profits apart from the hospitals.

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Video gaming conference in China pushes through

Over the weekend, Asia’s biggest video game conference, ChinaJoy, was held in what is probably one of the largest physical events held since the start of the pandemic. Around 150,000 attendees trooped to the four-day Shanghai event, which also had an online launch. While attendees were about half of last year’s, millions more participated via live-streaming events that ChinaJoy hosted. Visitors to the physical event wore masks, and facial recognition scans, digital health codes, and temperature checks were in place at the gate.

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