A new Banksy artwork paying tribute to NHS workers has appeared in a hospital corridor. The piece, called Game Changer, is on view at Southampton General Hospital and was left with a note for hospital workers. The note read: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.” The artwork shows a boy playing with a nurse superhero toy, while figures of Batman and Spiderman lie in a waste bin. A spokeswoman for Banksy has said that the artwork will eventually be put on public display and later auctioned to raise money for NHS charities.
A piece of Banksy’s previous art, Girl with a Pierced Eardrum mural in Bristol, has also recently been given a face mask.
A number of UK post-boxes have been painted blue as a token of thanks to NHS staff who battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The blue post-boxes also have ‘Thank you NHS’ adorned on the side in white paint. There are currently five across the UK with one erected in Cardiff, Wales, one near St Thomas hospital in London, one in Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
A group of recently furloughed workers in London have set up a group called ‘furloughed foodies’. After raising £10,000, the volunteers have been cooking homemade meals for healthcare workers and have already delivered over 6000 meals to 15 hospital trusts across London. The volunteers (most of whom are not professional chefs) have now extended their scheme to deliver goods to food banks and homeless shelters.
According to CNN, locals in the Punjab region of India have been able to see the Himalayas for the first time in decades due to reduced levels of pollution since India’s lockdown.
Delhi is believed to have experienced an unbelievable 44% reduction in air pollution levels in the first day or so of their lockdown.
It has been announced that University College London and Mercedes F1 have made a breathing aid for COVID-19 patients. The device transports oxygen to the lungs reducing the need for a ventilator.
According to the BBC, the device was created in less than a week and 40 of them have already been delivered to several London hospitals.
Other companies have pledged to produce ventilators for the NHS, including Rolls Royce, BAE systems and Ford.
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