News World Heartwarming photos from around the world to beat the pandemic blues

Heartwarming photos from around the world to beat the pandemic blues

A cat Santa from South Korea, child guardian angels from Germany and a drive-in carol service in the UK are among the subjects featured in this photo collection from Reuters we put together to brighten up this unprecedented holiday season.

  1. Santiaga and Enrique

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) survivor Santiaga Cerrato, 85, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, gets hugged by her son Enrique Suarez at the nursing home Centro Casaverde in Navalcarnero, outside Madrid, Spain, December 23, 2020.

Under the Madrid region’s coronavirus restrictions elderly residents like Santiaga are allowed to visit family over the holidays if they have coronavirus antibodies that can guarantee their immunity to the disease.

Cerrato will have to undergo diagnostic and antibodies tests prior to going back to the nursing home to determine whether she must observe a quarantine period upon her return.

Picture taken December 23, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera

2. This happy pooch

A dog howls as people wearing Santa hats take part in a laughter yoga session during Christmas celebrations on a beach in Mumbai, India, December 25, 2020. REUTERS/Niharika Kulkarni

3. The Slovenian Cave Rescue team dressed as Santa to make kids happy

Members of the Slovenian Cave Rescue Association dressed as Santa Clauses rappel down the glass facade of a paediatric hospital in Ljubljana, Slovenia, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic

4. A drive-in carol service

People sing as they attend a drive-in carol service organised by the Watling Valley Churches, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Milton Keynes, Britain, December 13, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

5. Ionut carrying sweets for Covid patients

Ionut Ivan, a 40-year-old nurse, dressed in red Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and wearing a red hat and a makeshift cotton beard carries boxes with sweets and fruits for patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Marius Nasta Pneumology Institute, in Bucharest, Romania December 22, 2020. Picture taken December 22, 2020. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS

6. This kitty

A cat dressed in a Santa Claus costume sits on an employee’s shoulder at the Catgarden in Seoul, South Korea, December 14, 2020. Picture taken on December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

7. People dancing in downtown Mexico City

People dance at a small square as Mexico City and the neighboring State of Mexico are suspending nonessential activities due to a surge of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections and deaths that is quickly saturating hospitals, in downtown in Mexico City, Mexico December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf

8. The Child Guardian Angels

Members of the association Child Guardian Angels give presents to children at the German Heart Centre as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Berlin, Germany, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

9. This hug

A hospitalized child hugs and kisses her mother through a plastic protection without risk of contamination or transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Department of paediatric rehabilitation and developmental disabilities of IRCCS at the San Raffaele hospital, after children have wished for Christmas to see and hug their relatives, in Rome, Italy, December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

10. Leonid, the PPE painter

Volunteer Leonid Krasner wearing a painted protective suit helps a patient to get up in the City Clinical Hospital No. 52 treating COVID-19 patients in Moscow, Russia December 16, 2020.

Leonid Krasner, aged 59, draws cheerful pictures on his personal protective equipment (PPE) and wears such suits and masks in the red zone of a Moscow hospital while taking care of people suffering from the coronavirus disease to support and cheer them up during this challenging time.

Picture taken December 16, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Read more: Vaccines land in Cyprus in presence of Health Minister, EU health commissioner (photos, video)

Top Stories

126 new cases, two deaths announced on Monday

The Health Ministry announced the death of two persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 188,...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Tuesday, 26 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Tuesday, 26 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Church of Panagia Chrysaifyliotissa, Agia Fyla 08:30-16:30 Church of Panagia Evangelistria,...

Cyprus government aims at gradual lifting of restrictive measures

The Cyprus government aims at the gradual lifting of restrictive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the context of a concrete plan, with...

Shot flamingo found in Paralimni lake

Birdlife Cyprus announced that a flamingo was found wounded in the Lake of Paralimni. Members managed to save the bird and take it to a...

Epidemiologists agree to include colchicine in treatment protocol

The scientific team of the Health Ministry is ready to include colchicine in the treatment protocol to face COVID-19, Konstantinos Tsioutis, assistant professor of...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...