Heavy rainfall from Cyclone Harold caused flooding in Fiji, on April 8, footage taken in a market in the town of Ba shows.According to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, people in most parts of the country will be without power during the Easter weekend as the utility Energy Fiji Limited was still carrying out damage assessments on April 9.The cyclone killed 27 people in the Solomon Islands, before arriving on the Pacific island of Vanuatu on April 6. It progressed to Fiji on April 8, flooding towns and flattening homes, but there were no immediate reports of deaths, according to officials.This video shows flooding from Cyclone Harold in a central area of the town of Ba, located in the northwest of the country’s main island. Local reports indicated that despite the flooding, many local businesses have escaped heavy damage. Credit: Jope Matavesi via Storyful
UK soccer player Charlotte Potts captured video of her attempt to take part in the online balancing feat called the “T-shirt Challenge” at her home in Tyne and Wear, England, on April 8.The video shows Potts falling off the deck in her backyard after trying to put on her team’s shirt while keeping a ball from hitting the ground. “Feel free to laugh at my expense,” she wrote in the video’s caption.Potts, a defender for the Sunderland AFC Ladies team, told Storyful she has been recording herself attempt online challenges to inspire and motivate kids through the difficult times of COVID-19 isolation.She said the goal of this challenge is to put on the sport shirt while keeping the ball up, preferably on one’s head. The latter half of the video shows Potts successfully completing the tricky juggling act.The challenge is part of the #FootballsStayingHome movement that encourages soccer fans to observe social distancing guidelines while participating in athletics indoors. Credit: Charlotte Potts via Storyful
People throughout the UK applauded for the front line National Health Service (NHS) workers during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9, during the country’s weekly ‘Clap for Our Carers’ event.‘Clap for Our Carers’ has been happening on Thursdays at 8 pm since March 26. This footage shows a street in Sway – a village in Hampshire, England – where clapping and a general joyful ruckus can be heard resounding through the neighborhood. Credit: LanaIsMyFeather via Storyful
High winds blew across Northern Virginia and the Washington metro area on April 9, as a cold front moved in.Video taken in Oakton, Virginia, which is about 15 miles from Washington, shows the gusty winds blowing petals from cherry trees.The uploader, a self-described storm chaser, said the falling petals looked like “pink snow.”According to reports, winds gusted at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour on Thursday. The area was under a severe thunderstorm watch and wind advisory. Credit: Kevin Ambrose via Storyful
People throughout the UK applauded for the National Health Service (NHS) frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9.‘Clap For Our Carers’ has become a weekly event on Thursdays at 8pm since it began on March 26. This footage shows shoppers in a Liverpool Asda supermarket taking a moment to show their respect to those working on the front lines during the pandemic. Credit: @ljwr_ via Storyful
A quiet village in Yorkshire came alive tonight (Thursday 9th April) as clap for our carers, NHS & keyworkers took place around the country for the 3rd consecutive week. At 8pm the streets of Ledston came alive with the sound of cheering,clapping,bicycle bells, pots and pans and fireworks.
A self-isolating 90-year-old is still able to enjoy his family’s traditional Irish music sessions at their home in County Kerry in the west of Ireland by connecting with video chat.Footage shared to YouTube on April 8 by the nonagenarian’s daughter Niamh Ni Bhaoill shows his grandsons performing for him.One of the grandkids can be seen playing the bodhran while the other plays the concertina as the grandfather watches and applauds at the end.“We have been social distancing since March 12 – luckily my 90-year-old dad can use a smartphone so we can now keep in touch … and have regular music sessions,” Ni Bhaoill said in the YouTube description of her video.The Irish government has encouraged “protective self-separation” for people in vulnerable groups including those over 70.As of Thursday, April 9, Ireland had reported 6,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 263 deaths. Credit: Niamh Ni Bhaoill via Storyful
A priest in Ireland toured the countryside in a vintage popemobile on Holy Thursday, April 9. offering blessings to people amid the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s nationwide lockdown, a video shows.Father Malachy Conlon, who works in the Cooley Parish, in County Louth, can be seen waving from the back of a popemobile used by Pope John Paul II when he visited Ireland in 1979.As of April 9, there have been 7,329 COVID-19 cases and 228 related deaths on the island of Ireland. Strict quarantine measures have also been introduced requiring people to stay within a two-kilometer radius of their home and not to travel during the Easter holidays. Credit: Lily Finnegans Pub via Storyful
Giant pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang opened some early easter treats at the Adelaide Zoo on Thursday, April 9, as part of the zoo’s enrichment program for animals.“Enrichment helps our residents to stay mentally and physically stimulated and encourages them to use their natural behaviours and instincts as they would in the wild,” said Zoos South Australia in a press release.“Wang Wang enjoyed boxes filled with special panda cake, fruit and his favourite enrichment of smelly sawdust, while Fu Ni also tucked into panda cake, fruits and vegetables as well as a lovely strawberry-scented towel to rub on herself,” the zoo said.Fu Ni and Wang Wang had a very limited audience, however, comprised only of zookeepers. The Adelaide Zoo closed on March 25, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Credit: Zoos South Australia via Storyful
Travelers began to fill Wuhan’s Hankou Railway Station on April 8 as restrictions to exit the former epicenter of COVID-19 were lifted.People – all wearing face masks – can be seen waiting in the station’s lobby in this footage.Wuhan’s lockdown was enacted on January 23, preventing all inbound and outbound travel by road, rail, and ferry as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The travel restrictions were lifted on April 8, Xinhua reported, and the first train to make a stop at the city – picking up 442 passengers – was en route to China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful
High winds and heavy rainfall from Cyclone Harold caused havoc in Fiji on April 8, dramatic footage shows.According to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, people in most parts of the country will be without power during the Easter weekend as the utility Energy Fiji Limited was still carrying out damage assessments on April 9.The cyclone killed 27 people in the Solomon Islands, before arriving on the Pacific island of Vanuatu on April 6. It progressed to Fiji on April 8, flooding towns and flattening homes, but there were no immediate reports of deaths, according to officials.This video shows strong winds and rain from Cyclone Harold blowing palm trees from side to side. Credit: Sarah Conrad via Storyful
British Army personnel assisted in collecting samples to test National Health Service staff for the coronavirus in a makeshift drive-thru facility at Glasgow Airport on April 8 as the United Kingdom ramped up attempts to test more people per day.According to the Ministry of Defence, the facility in Scotland “was introduced to test frontline NHS staff and is not open to the public. The new testing centre can have up to five lanes open and provides capacity for a greater number of COVID-19 tests each day. It operates between 10 am and 4.30 pm.”As of April 8, 60,733 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK; 7,097 people have died from COVID-19. Credit: UK Ministry of Defence via Storyful
This retired teacher had an important message to share with everyone but with a cool trick. She juggled soap bars in her hand expertly to drive in the message of washing hands during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, recorded a message with his granddaughter Sunshine, after Cyclone Harold damaged buildings, caused flooding, and prompted evacuations across the islands.The cyclone hit the Pacific island of Vanuatu on April 6, progressing to Fiji on April 8. About 10 houses in Suva, Fiji’s capital, were reported destroyed but there were no immediate reports of deaths, according to officials.This video shows the prime minister and his granddaughter addressing Fijian citizens in the aftermath of Cyclone Harold. Credit: Frank Bainimarama via Storyful
An Australian family created a make-believe supermarket in their own home on April 4, enabling their grandmother with dementia to complete her weekly shopping routine.The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia has meant vulnerable older people such as 87-year-old Hendrika van Genderen have been urged to remain at home.With the grandmother unable to carry out her usual weekly routines, the family decided to bring the supermarket to her, filming the entire experience before publishing it on Facebook.In the footage, Jason van Genderen, her son, can be seen helping her decide which groceries to pick up, while Megan and Evie, Jason’s wife and daughter, help out from the other side of a counter. Art , the couple’s youngest son, is the charming cashier at the end of the counter, while their oldest son, Levi, recorded the footage.Speaking to Storyful, Jason van Genderen said, "Normally we have some carers visiting every few days to help her with social visits, shopping, personal care etc, but due to the pandemic we all home-isolated four weeks ago to keep her safe from COVID-19.“Any changes to her weekly routine throw her capacity to cope with normal everyday routines into a total tailspin — so missing out on shopping has caused a huge deficit in her cognitive function. It’s been a sizable regression,” Van Genderen said.He added, "The idea we had about making a supermarket at home was to try and reinstate the weekly shopping trip so she felt she had the role to perform. I’d gone out the previous evening and purchased all her goods and we simply made them available on-shelf at home.“We’ve been documenting our journey through this from day one, as both an in-house therapy for all but also to document what life this close to dementia is really like,” Van Genderen said. “It’s heart-achingly difficult, but creating slivers of lighthearted moments help carry our whole family through.” Credit: Jason van Genderen via Storyful
A priest in Birmingham, Alabama, has set up regular drive-through confessions as part of measures to ensure Catholics can still practice their religion, local media reported.Father Douglas Vu began holding drive-thru confessions ministry at St. Barnabas Parish Catholic Church for the safety and convenience of those who wished to continue practicing their faith during the coronavirus pandemic.Father Vu told Storyful the requirements to make a drive-thru confessions were that the person must remain in their vehicle at all times and keep a minimum of six feet distance between the two vehicles. He said the priest should wear a mask and also sit in his vehicle.Father Vu shared these videos to demonstrate how a confession would be held at the drive-thru. Credit: Fr. Douglas Vu via Storyful
A Florida woman sat with her son on April 8 as they observed a virtual Seder over Zoom led by her father, a cantor at Temple Solel of Hollywood, Florida, on the first night of Passover.As people around the world were on lockdown due to COVID-19, the video shows the cantor singing a Passover song while his daughter and grandson watch him. Credit: Mimi Rose via Storyful
A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off for the International Space Station on April 9 from Kazakhstan after a lengthy quarantine period due to the coronavirus pandemic.NASA’s Chris Cassidy said he had been in “strict quarantine for about a month,” while they prepared for launch. Credit: NASA via Storyful
As New York City was dealing with a massive load of coronavirus cases, the medical workers in a nearby county volunteered to help out. A team from the local hospital with around 50t to 60 health workers headed out to the city amidst the pandemic. The people of the county came out on the streets along their route to cheer them as they made their way out of the town.
Health care workers joined residents across the UK for a mass radio singalong on April 9 that was dedicated to the “thousands of nurses working tirelessly around the country,” according to the BBC.The singalong, organized by the BBC, was started on April 2 as a way to bring the nation together during the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus. The BBC announced the 30-minute radio event would return in weekly installations, with each week dedicated to a different group.These videos show health care workers jamming to Wonderwall by Oasis, along with clips of families dancing and singing to Flowers by Sweet Female Attitude and Lean On Me by Bill Withers.“Just back from the hospital after completing forms for my return to the hospital as a children’s nurse to help during this crisis. This has made me feel proud to be a nurse,” a Leicestershire-based nurse said of the singalong.More videos from the singalong can be seen below. Credit: 1. @nursecadman | 2. @lloveelephants | 3. @lifewithlittlee | 4. Wendy_VF via Storyful
During a guided media tour of the Strandfontein homeless facility in Cape Town, South Africa, law enforcement officers stopped journalists from filming homeless people who were rising up to protest conditions at the site and also prevented journalists from interviewing them. Saamiet Moos, a video journalist with various international media houses can be seen being prevented from filming by Cape Town law enforcement officers on Thursday (April 9). The site was created to house homeless people during the national lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Some of the residents at a housing facility in Cape Town for homeless people are complaining about the living conditions. Tents have been set up on a sports field in the country's capital and are providing shelter and meals to the homeless. Some residents claim they were brought to the facility under false pretences, facilities are not well equipped and that they are not being allowed to be in contact with their families. This footage was filmed on April 9.
A road on the island of Suva was swamped with floodwater from Cyclone Harold on Thursday, April 9 after the category four cyclone hit Fiji.Footage recorded by local reporter Nacanieli Tuilevuka shows a street in Suva blocked by floodwater, with vehicles nearby were unable to access.The storm battered the islands after a coronavirus lockdown was mandated by the government.Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told civilians to stay indoors unless they had to evacuate their homes. Some residents were trying to use the cyclone to evade COVID-19 restriction, according to local authorities. Credit: Nacanieli Tuilevuka via Storyful