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Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, wear masks and face shields as they distribute food to the poor and homeless in Kolkata, India, on August 26.

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Cemetery workers carry Wilson Gil’s remains on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on August 26. Gil died of complications related to Covid-19, according to family members.

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Workers in New Delhi prepare to cremate the body of a coronavirus victim on August 22.

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A health worker administers a Covid-19 test in the Indian village of Kusumpur on August 17.

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People gather in Little Venice on the Aegean Sea island of Mykonos, Greece, on August 16.

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Thousands of people gather for an electronic music festival at a water park in Wuhan, China, on August 15. The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan late last year.

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Funeral workers in Peru’s Uchumayo District bury a coffin in a massive burial ground for low-income people and unidentified victims of Covid-19.

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A man receives an injection while taking part in a vaccine trial in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13.

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Election officials sort absentee ballots in Atlanta, where there were several runoffs taking place on August 11.

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Gravediggers bury a coronavirus victim at the Pondok Ranggon cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 10.

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Kindergarten students wear face masks and play in screened-in areas at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 10.

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Medics wait to transport a woman with possible Covid-19 symptoms to a hospital in Austin, Texas, on August 7.

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A coronavirus victim is lowered into the ground during her funeral in New Delhi on August 7.

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Resident doctors and interns attend a rally in Seoul, South Korea, on August 7. They were protesting the government’s plan to expand admissions to medical schools — a policy meant to address a shortage in physicians.

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A health worker performs a Covid-19 test at a gymnasium in Navotas, Philippines, on August 6.

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A worker disinfects a public school in Brasilia, Brazil, on August 5. The local government has begun preparations for the reopening of schools in early September.

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Cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 victim at a graveyard in Comas, Peru, on August 5.

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Elementary school students walk to class in Godley, Texas, on August 5. Three rural school districts in Johnson County were among the first in the state to head back to school for in-person classes.

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Poll worker Debra Moore sanitizes her workspace during a primary election in Detroit on August 4.

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A stylist from Grey Matter LA cuts a client’s hair on a rooftop parking lot in Los Angeles on August 4.

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Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for his first day of school in Dallas, Georgia, on August 3.

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Beds are seen at a temporary field hospital set up in Hong Kong on August 1. AsiaWorld-Expo has been converted into a makeshift hospital that can take up to 500 patients.

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Medical workers in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, showcase designs during a fashion show of personal protective equipment on August 1. The fashion show was held as a form of gratitude for all medical personnel who have been fighting Covid-19.

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A volunteer disinfects a rooftop area in Rio de Janeiro on August 1.

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Volunteer health workers disinfect a mosque prior to Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 31.

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A casket carrying the body of coronavirus victim Lola M. Simmons is placed into a hearse following her funeral service in Dallas on July 30.

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Relatives of Covid-19 patients line up to recharge oxygen cylinders in Villa Maria del Triunfo, Peru, on July 29.

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People watch the film “The Prestige” from a gondola boat in Venice, Italy, on July 28. Around the world, many films are being shown outside so that people can practice social distancing.

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A health worker tests a child for Covid-19 at a school in New Delhi on July 27.

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Portraits are taped onto seats to help theatergoers spread out in Nicosia, Cyprus, on July 27.

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The casket of a coronavirus victim is carried from a funeral home in Johannesburg on July 26.

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Worshippers of Legio Maria attend a prayer at their church in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 26. Places of worship have reopened in Kenya under strict guidelines.

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A casket containing the remains of a coronavirus victim waits to be removed from a mortuary in Soweto, South Africa, on July 24.

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Commuters wear face masks and face shields while traveling on a public bus in Lima, Peru, on July 22. Peru has mandated masks and shields on public transportation.

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Undertakers push the casket of a coronavirus victim during a funeral in Soweto, South Africa, on July 21.

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A worker measures a man’s temperature before allowing him to enter La Vega market in Santiago, Chile, on July 19.

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Indigenous nurses in Santarem, Brazil, administer a Covid-19 test on Chief Domingos from the Arapium tribe on July 19.

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People watch a video projection in Avignon, France, on July 18. Since the Avignon Theatre Festival has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the festival’s organization has been projecting plays that made its history.

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Doctors from the Palestinian Ministry of Health take blood samples in Hebron, West Bank, on July 15.

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Health workers in Mumbai, India, screen residents for Covid-19 symptoms on July 14.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for a July 13 protest over lockdown measures in Jerusalem.

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Members of the Bungoma County Isolation Team stand by the coffin of Dr. Doreen Lugaliki during her funeral in Ndalu, Kenya, on July 13. Lugaliki, 39, died from complications related to the novel coronavirus.

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The boxed cremated remains of Mexicans who died from Covid-19 are covered before a service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on July 11. The ashes were blessed before they were repatriated to Mexico.

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Cars line up in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot so drivers could be tested in Miami Gardens, Florida, on July 6.

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Peruvian migrant Jose Collantes cries as he watches cemetery workers bury his wife, Silvia Cano, in Santiago, Chile, on July 3. She died of coronavirus complications, according to Collantes.

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A woman walks along a road painted with circles to help people maintain social distancing in Mumbai, India, on June 29.

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Agustina Cañamero and Pascual Pérez kiss each other through a plastic screen at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, on June 22. They’ve been married for 59 years.

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Hugo, 3, has his temperature taken by a teacher as he arrives at kindergarten in Barcelona on June 26.

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Mannequins sit at the Elpaso Bar in Ankara, Turkey, to make customers observe social distancing on June 24. The bar reopened after being closed for weeks.

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Health-care workers prepare to conduct Covid-19 testing in Mumbai, India, on June 23.

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People are spread out as former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, speaks in Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17.

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A firefighter in Chennai, India, sprays disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on June 11.

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The sun sets over a cemetery for coronavirus victims near Najaf, Iraq, on June 10.

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A woman is sprayed with disinfectant before entering a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 9.

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Teachers in Barcelona, Spain, try to prevent a hug between 6-year-olds Wendy Otin and Oumou Salam Niang as they meet on the first day of school following a lockdown.

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Isidre Correa, who is recovering from the coronavirus, is taken to the seaside in Barcelona, Spain, on June 3. Hospital del Mar has been taking patients to the seaside as part of the recovery process.

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Dealers wear masks June 3 just before the reopening of the D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Government health workers test a resident on the Brazilian island of Marajo on June 1.

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Workers spray disinfectant inside a movie theater in Bangkok, Thailand, ahead of its reopening on May 31.

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People carry the coffin of a suspected coronavirus victim at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on May 28. Peru has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in South America, behind Brazil.

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Commuters crowd a train station in Tokyo during the morning rush hour on May 26.

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Students take their spring exams at the Vallhall Sports Arena in Oslo, Norway, on May 26.

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Preschool students wait to wash their hands before class in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on May 25. The country became one of the first in West Africa to restart lessons after a two-month coronavirus shutdown.

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A security official stands guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing as delegates leave the second plenary session of the National People’s Congress.

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Olivia Grant, right, hugs her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic drop cloth that was hung up on a homemade clothesline in Wantagh, New York, on May 24.

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Brian Carabine, a retired US Marine, replaces flags at the South End Cemetery in East Hampton, New York, just before Memorial Day.

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High school graduates turn their tassels during a drive-thru graduation ceremony at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 22.

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Workers wear protective gear as they start a cremation oven in Ecatepec, Mexico, on May 21.

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A health worker wears a face shield while checking a patient’s temperature at a hospital in Toluca, Mexico, on May 21. Mexico had reported its highest number of new daily cases.

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On May 21, people lower the coffin of a woman who died from the coronavirus in Srinagar, India.

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Levi Tinker, resident historian and general manager of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, makes an announcement inside the theater’s empty auditorium on May 18. It was the theater’s 93rd birthday celebration.

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People practice social distancing in New York’s Domino Park on May 17.

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Nurses in Nairobi, Kenya, take part in a Zumba fitness class in the parking lot of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital on May 17.

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Mary Faye Cochran sings “You Are My Sunshine” to her son Stacey Smith from her senior-living facility in Smyrna, Georgia, on May 10. It was Mother’s Day in the United States.

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Pope Francis delivers a blessing from the window of his studio overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square on May 10.

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The San Isidro cemetery in Mexico City, which was temporarily closed to the public to limit the spread of Covid-19, is seen in this aerial photo from May 10.

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Mary Washington speaks through a window to her daughter Courtney Crosby and grandchild Sydney Crosby during a Mother’s Day celebration at her senior-living facility in Smyrna.

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A Briarcliff High School student participates in a parade of graduating seniors through Briarcliff Manor, New York, on May 9.

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People wear face masks while watching a Victory Day military parade in Minsk, Belarus, on May 9. The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

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A man rides past social-distancing markers in front of a shop in Brussels, Belgium, on May 9.

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A man pauses as he places the casket of a relative into a van at a busy New York funeral home on May 9.

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Health-care workers wait for citizens to arrive at the Anna International Airport in Chennai, India, on May 9. People were arriving in Chennai from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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A man wearing a face mask cycles through Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan, on May 8. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan will extend its state of emergency until the end of May.

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American citizens who were stranded in Syria due to the pandemic arrive at the Lebanese border on their way to the Beirut airport, where they would be leaving for the United States.

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During a protest in Washington on May 7, members of National Nurses United stand among empty shoes that they say represent nurses who have died from Covid-19.

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A worker helps disinfect a subway train in New York on May 6. The subway syatem was shut down for a deep-cleaning.

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High school students study in a classroom in Wuhan, China, as they returned to school on May 6.

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A nursery is disinfected in Cannes, France, on May 6. Nurseries in France were to gradually reopen on May 11.

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Refrigerated trucks are seen at a morgue that opened in New York to assist overwhelmed funeral homes.

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Michigan state police prevent protesters from entering the chamber of the Michigan House of Representatives on April 30. The protesters were unhappy with the state’s stay-at-home order. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently extended the order through May 15, though restrictions were relaxed so some businesses could reopen.

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This aerial photo shows surfers accessing Sydney’s Tamarama Beach on April 29. Several Sydney beaches reopened for exercise only.

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A barber wears protective equipment as he cuts a customer’s hair in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 27.

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Health workers at a coronavirus testing center in New Delhi attend to a colleague who fainted due to exhaustion on April 27.

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Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a boom lift to his 88-year-old father, Henk, at his father’s nursing home in Gouda, Netherlands, on April 24. Pitrik had not seen his father in more than four weeks.

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Protesters shout slogans against Lebanese Central Bank governor Riad Salamé as they block Hamra Street in Beirut, Lebanon, on April 23. Anti-government protesters have been demonstrating in Beirut as they continue to endure one of its worst-ever economic crises.

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A boy plays hopscotch at his home in A Coruna, Spain, on April 23.

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Omar Rodriguez organizes caskets at the Gerard Neufeld Funeral Home in New York on April 22. The funeral home in Queens has been overwhelmed by the pandemic.

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A dentist wears protective equipment while treating a patient in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on April 22.

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Biology teachers prepare to hold an exam at a secondary school in Berlin on April 22.

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A volunteer in Yangon, Myanmar, spreads calcium oxide on a road to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on April 22.

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Migrants wave from balconies at a hotel in Kranidi, Greece, on April 21. The shelter, which hosts 470 asylum seekers, was placed in isolation after a pregnant resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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A man disinfects a ceiling lamp at the Čobanija Mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on April 21.

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A nurse holds a newborn baby, wearing a face shield as a protective measure, at a maternity facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 21.

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Health workers at Madrid’s La Paz Hospital hold a minute of silence to remember Joaquin Diaz, the hospital’s chief of surgery who died because of the coronavirus.

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A woman applauds from the balcony of her Paris home to show support for health care workers on April 20.

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Mayor’s office workers wear protective suits as they conduct a census in a Bogota, Colombia, neighborhood on April 19. They were trying to find out how many families needed to be provided with food.

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A woman sticks her tongue out of a torn mask at a Reopen Maryland rally outside the State House in Annapolis, Maryland, on April 18. Residents in multiple states have been protesting stay-at-home orders.

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Newly married Tyler and Caryn Suiters embrace following their marriage ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, on April 18. The Rev. Andrew Merrow and his wife, Cameron, were the only other attendees at the ceremony, which was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

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Abed Khankan cuts a customer’s hair outdoors in Malmo, Sweden, on April 17.

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Two women walk to rent a small paddle boat by the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17.

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Cars sit at a newly opened drive-in cinema in Dortmund, Germany, on April 17. It’s in front of a former blast furnace.

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Funeral workers in Manaus, Brazil, prepare the grave of a woman who is suspected to have died from the coronavirus.

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A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in Seville, Spain, on April 16.

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Police officers try on personal protective equipment in Amritsar, India, on April 16.

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Workers in Nairobi, Kenya, fumigate the streets and the stalls of the City Park Market on April 15.

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Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 15.

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A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15.

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Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows.

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Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages.

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A woman meets with her son in a “Quarantainer,” a container devised to allow people to visit each other without risking the spread of coronavirus, at a care center in Utrecht, Netherlands, on April 14.

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Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14.

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A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14.

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Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14.

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Medical workers in Istanbul clap for 107-year-old Havahan Karadeniz as she is discharged from the hospital on April 13. She had just recovered from the coronavirus.

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A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13.

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A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13.

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Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13.

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A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13.

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People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel’s former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications.

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In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on April 12.

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A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China.

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Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12.

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Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on April 10.

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Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus.

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Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10.

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A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9.

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Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9.

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Employees of Hyundai Card, a credit card company, sit behind protective screens as they eat in an office cafeteria in Seoul, South Korea, on April 9.

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People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9.

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A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8.

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A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8.

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Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8.

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Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station.

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Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7.

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A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6.

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Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6.

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Police detain a doctor in Quetta, Pakistan, who was among dozens of health care workers protesting a lack of personal protective equipment on April 6.

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A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5.

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Paramilitary members unload provisions in Kampala, Uganda, on Saturday, April 4. It was the first day of government food distribution for people affected by the nation’s lockdown.

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A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing.

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A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.

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The hashtag “stayhome” is projected onto the Matterhorn mountain that straddles Switzerland and Italy on April 1. The mountain was illuminated by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, who is transforming buildings, monuments and landscapes all over the world to raise awareness during the pandemic.

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Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1.

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Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31.

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People pray next to the grave of musician Robson de Souza Lopes after his burial in Manaus, Brazil, on March 31. According to authorities at the Amazonas Health Secretary, the 43-year-old died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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Chris Lyndberg hands out a free lunch to a truck driver at a rest area along Interstate 10 in Sacaton, Arizona, on March 31. The Arizona Trucking Association was giving away 500 Dilly’s Deli lunches to show its appreciation for truck drivers who have been delivering medical supplies, food and other necessities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29.

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People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29.

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A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28.

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Devices used in diagnosing the coronavirus are inspected in Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27. The devices were being prepared for testing kits at the bio-diagnostic company SD Biosensor.

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A student does homework in Bratislava, Slovakia, on March 27. Schools have been shut down across the world, and many children have been receiving their lessons online.

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A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27.

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Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter’s Square on March 27.

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Coffins carrying coronavirus victims are stored in a warehouse in Ponte San Pietro, Italy, on March 26. They would be transported to another area for cremation.

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Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25.

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Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25.

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People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public.

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A woman suspected of having coronavirus is helped from her home by emergency medical technicians Robert Sabia, left, and Mike Pareja, in Paterson, New Jersey, on March 24.

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People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24.

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People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus.

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Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23.

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Giuseppe Corbari holds Sunday Mass in front of photographs sent in by his congregation members in Giussano, Italy, on March 22. Many religious services are being streamed online so that people can worship while still maintaining their distance from others.

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People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India.

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A woman attends a Sunday service at the Nairobi Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 22. The service was streamed live on the internet.

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A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria.

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A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21.

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A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21.

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A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20.

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Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18.

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A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17.

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A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17.

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People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17.

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Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on March 17.

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People wait outside a Woolworths store in Sunbury, Australia on March 17. Australian supermarket chains announced special shopping hours for the elderly and people with disabilities so that they can shop in less crowded aisles.

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A member of Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16.

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Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus.

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A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16.

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Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at a flower auction in Aalsmeer, Netherlands, on March 16. Lower demand due to the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the Dutch horticultural sector, forcing the destruction of products.

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Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13.

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Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15.

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Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15.

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US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15.

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A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14.

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A member of the White House physician’s office takes a media member’s temperature in the White House briefing room on March 14. It was ahead of a news conference with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13.

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People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people.

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A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13.

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A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.

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A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13.

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Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

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A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13.

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Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow.

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Paul Boyer, head equipment manager of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, wheels out equipment bags in Washington on March 12. The NHL is among the sports leagues that have suspended their seasons.

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Students leave Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington, on March 12. Beginning the following day, schools in the Snohomish school district planned to be closed through April 24.

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An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

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Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace on March 11.

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A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11.

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Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9.

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Democrats already angling to take out Ron Johnson in 2022

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Johnson, a two-term senator who hasn’t said whether he’ll run again, has been an adamant defender of President Donald Trump — and Democrats think that record will not play well in the perennial battleground in 2022.

While an announcement eight days before the presidential election might rankle some in the party for sidetracking from an all-hands-on-deck attempt to oust President Donald Trump from the White House, the move gives Nelson a head start on other Democrats expected to flock to challenge Johnson in the weeks after the presidential election.

The early start could allow Nelson to take advantage of sky-high Democratic enthusiasm that’s translated into fundraising records across the country, which could wane after Nov. 3, especially if Joe Biden wins.

Other Democrats whose names are already circulating as possible candidates include Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, who also served as the Democratic National Convention host committee finance chair. Lasry, the son of billionaire hedge fund manager and Democratic bundler Marc Lasry, could quickly mount of a formidable, well-funded campaign.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who took on a national role speaking for Wisconsin in the wake of police shooting of Jacob Blake and the subsequent Kenosha riots, is another name in the mix, as well as state Attorney General Josh Kaul.

Nelson’s announcement coincides with an expected Monday confirmation vote on Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Nelson criticized Johnson, who, after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, vowed to wear a “moon suit” to return to the Senate and cast a vote in favor of Barrett if needed.

“I think his record, I think his behavior and what he has done and what he has said — not just the last couple of years but for the last nine years — makes him very vulnerable,” Nelson said. “Ron Johnson is an unmitigated disaster and a conspiracy nut, among other qualities. Every time he opens his mouth he embarrasses himself and our state.”

Nelson said his county — about an hour-and-a-half north of Milwaukee — has been one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, putting him on the frontlines of the pandemic as the state has undergone one of the most severe spikes in the nation.

Nelson assailed Johnson for recent remarks seeming to underplay the virus, as well as Johnson’s decision to attend a fundraiser while he awaited the results of a Covid-19 test. He later tested positive. Nelson said the senator was especially vulnerable electorally because he had voted against the first coronavirus relief package.

Nelson, who rolled out an announcement video on Monday, served as a Bernie Sanders delegate earlier this year. He argues he’s well-positioned to win statewide because he’s demonstrated he can win over voters in a key swing area. He was elected three times to the state assembly and elected three times as Outagamie county executive, most recently in April. The county, which voted twice for Barack Obama, swung to Trump in 2016, along with the rest of the state.

That year, Nelson ran unsuccessfully for an open seat in Congress, losing to now-Rep. Mike Gallagher by more than 20 points.

For his part, Johnson, first elected in 2010, has not announced his 2022 intentions, refusing to rule out any of three scenarios: retirement, reelection or a potential run for governor against Democratic incumbent Tony Evers. When he last ran for reelection in 2016, Johnson said it would be his final term in the Senate — but he backtracked last year.

Even if they retain control of the Senate in next week’s elections, the 2022 cycle will be a challenging one for the GOP. Two swing-state Republican senators, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, have already said they will retire in 2022 rather than run for reelection. Also on the ballot in two years are Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who will be 89 years old on Election Day 2022.

If he does seek a third term, Democrats view Johnson as vulnerable because of his steady loyalty to Trump and controversial remarks about the Covid crisis, including downplaying the severity of the virus, even as Wisconsin hospitalizations have soared.

“We have unfortunately been snookered into this mass hysteria that isn’t even close to the real risk,” Johnson said in recent remarks to Wisconsin business leaders. “And so we’ve shut down our economy. We’ve had this economic devastation.”

Democrats have also cast Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as hyper-partisan because of his role in releasing a conflict-of-interest report on Biden’s son, Hunter, and attempting to bring outsize attention on his business dealings overseas. Democrats have also hammered Johnson for comments he’s made about everything from outsourcing to calling media coverage of coronavirus “panic porn.” He also drew a rebuke from Dr. Anthony Fauci for comparing deaths caused by coronavirus to traffic accidents: “We don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways,” Johnson remarked.

Since January, Johnson’s favorability numbers have hovered in the 30s, according to the Marquette Law School poll, under-performing Trump, Evers and Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

“He has defended Donald Trump to the hilt,” Nelson added, predicting that would come back to haunt Johnson.

But Republicans point back to 2016, when Democrats predicted Johnson was headed for sure defeat, only to watch him overcome former Sen. Russ Feingold, the liberal icon he had ousted six years earlier.

“He’s been a dead man walking two times before, and it just never really sticks when it comes down to the ballot box,” says Brian Reisinger, a former Johnson adviser, also referencing Johnson’s 2010 victory. “He’s the sort of person that it becomes fashionable for the Democrats and for the national Beltway media to bash him because he sticks his neck out there.”

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Manchester Leaders Have Until 12pm To Accept The Government’s Coronavirus Deal Or Have Tier 3 Restrictions Imposed Unilaterally

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Regional leaders have until midday on Tuesday to accept the government’s deal (PA)


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Leaders in Greater Manchester have been issued an ultimatum to accept the government’s offer of coronavirus support by noon on Tuesday or have tier 3 restrictions imposed on them.

Writing to the region’s mayors and council leaders, housing secretary Robert Jenrick said that if the deadline was not met he would “advise the prime minister that despite our best endeavours we’ve been unable to reach agreement.”

The letter was sent just hours after the most recent meeting with Manchester representatives ended without progress, marking the end of the 10th day of talks with the government.

It is understood that the prime minister will impose the strictest tier of coronavirus restrictions on the region later this week if an agreement is not reached by 12 pm on Tuesday. 

Mr Jenrick said local leaders had been “so far unwilling to take the action that is required to get this situation under control”.

He continued: “The deteriorating public health situation in Greater Manchester means that we need to take action urgently. We have held discussions in good faith with local leaders for 10 days in order to ensure that the measures put in place were tailored to the local community.

“We have offered an extensive package of support for local people and businesses, proportionate to the approach we have taken in the Liverpool city region and Lancashire and in addition to the wider national support.”

He added that Great Manchester has been offered £22 million to support the area’s 2.8 million people throughout the additional measures, and ministers were “open” to discussing further support.

But the city’s mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of “trying to respond to a pandemic on the cheap.”

Many local officials have expressed frustration that the sum offered to Manchester is much less than other regions, with Lancashire and Merseyside getting £42 million and £44 million respectively despite having smaller local populations. 

Speaking to Sky News’ Kay Burley, Mr Burnham said: “We’re in a crisis, and people need support in a crisis, but it does appear there’s been an abrupt change since the summer where it’s the opposite.”

Asked if he would oppose the restrictions were they imposed once the deadline passes, Mr Burnham said he would “accept that decision” as it was the “government’s prerogative”.

“But I would say to them at this point, are they sure that that is a wise thing to do because this isn’t just Greater Manchester’s problem,” he continued.

“Everywhere could end up in tier 3 over the winter and if they imposed tier 3 on places without providing that support… it will be the poorest people that will suffer the most as a result of that. 

“And I would say to them that the government will be at risk of losing what public support remains for the approach that they’re taking.”

But speaking on LBC, business minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The important thing is to focus on saving lives”. 

He said the government had been “negotiating in good faith for 10 days” but there were now fears that “there will be no ICU beds left in greater Manchester by the second week of November.”

He also confirmed to Sky News that “there’s more to come if [Andy Burnham] wants to negotiate”.

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Tanzania elections: Why pop stars are hailing President Magufuli

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“Bongo flava” stars are wowing the crowds in Tanzania with their election beat at mass rallies across the country.

At events for the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, the lyrics of recent hits have been changed to praise President John Magufuli, who is seeking a second term in office on Wednesday.

Pop star Diamond Platnumz has remixed his popular song Baba Lao – a Swahili phrase that loosely means “Their Boss” – to “Magufuli Baba Lao”.

It not only lauds the president, but also Vice-President Samia Suluhu, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and other leaders, as well as CCM.

The opposition too have musicians on the campaign trail, though not as many.

This tactic – to appeal to young voters – is hardly surprising given that about two-thirds of Tanzania’s population is under the age of 25.

Historically too, it is not unusual for musicians to compose political songs, says Dr Viscencia Shule, a University of Dar es Salaam lecturer and expert on the performance arts.

“Artistes and musicians have been involved in the struggle for liberation in Tanzania and it continued that way post-independence. They have been used by the political class.”

‘Loyalty is key’

But Dr Shule does not believe all the praise-singing is genuine.

This mainly comes down to the strict laws introduced over the last five years to keep musicians in line – and a president who demands loyalty.

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image captionDiamond Platnumz owns a record label as well as a TV and radio station

In July, President Magufuli got two long-time rivals – Diamond Platnumz and Alikiba – to attend a rally in the capital, Dodoma, where he made the musicians bury the hatchet.

Another big star, Harmonize, also came along – even though he had also fallen out with Diamond Platnumz after leaving his record label.

“I feel good when I see Alikiba seated next to Diamond. When you see Harmonize, who left Diamond, praising him in public, that’s the unity I want,” the president was quoted as saying.

‘Decadent behaviour’

But Diamond Platnumz has not always seen eye to eye with the authorities – and over the last few years has had to apologise to them multiple times.

His greatest climbdown was in 2018 when he fell foul of strict laws which include regulating the “decadent behaviour” of musicians – in the words of one cabinet minister.

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The regulations have been around for years, but are now being fully enforced by the country’s arts council, known by its Swahili acronym Basata, which often bans songs considered immoral or insulting.

In April 2018 Diamond Platnumz was questioned by police after posting on Instagram a video clip of himself playfully kissing a woman.

Eight months later he was banned from performing in Tanzania after he played a song which Basata banned for being sexually suggestive.

The song – called Mwanza – included lyrics with the Swahili word for “horny”, and dancers are seen in a video simulating sex.

At one stage Diamond Platnumz threatened to leave the country so angered was he by the clampdown.

But in the end he backed down and took to social media in December 2018, asking for “forgiveness” from Basata.

This was probably a savvy move as the musician has built up quite a business empire – with his own record label, TV and radio station.

‘The fear factor’

So it is through Basata that musicians are kept on a tight leash and have learnt over the last five years that they must knuckle down.

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Even in September, Diamond Platnumz’s radio station was taken off air for a week for airing some graphic material.

“Some circumstances can push them to [sing praises] to save their own interests,” says Dr Shule says. Some musicians, often with dependents and extended families, live on the breadline.

“Some are happy to do it, just to be seen… But there is the biggest factor – fear,” she adds.

Some may believe they can get some favours from President Magufuli, including being appointed to state positions.

Diamond Platnumz’s manager Babu Tale, with whom he co-founded the WCB music label, has joined the political race and is set to become a CCM MP as he faces no rivals in his constituency.

There are other artists who are seeking political positions in the elections, most of them on a CCM ticket, including popular rapper Mwana FA.

An opposition Chadema rally in Tanzania

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If they don’t sing for the ruling party, they are seen as supporting the opposition”

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University of Dar es Salaam lecturer

“Artists are forced to sing for various reasons,” says Dr Shule.

“The majority of them obviously don’t want to. But if they don’t sing for the ruling party, they are seen as supporting the opposition.

“And if they are in opposition they will suffer the consequences… the opposition has really suffered,” the academic says.

A case in point is rapper Roma Mkatoliki, famed for his anti-government songs, who says he was abducted by four unknown armed men in April 2017, tortured and then dumped near the ocean in Dar es Salaam three days later.

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Last year, he was reprimanded for a song criticising the government, which radio stations opted not to play.

Rapper Nay wa Mitego was also arrested in 2017 for his song which included the line: “Is there still freedom of expression in the country?”

He has seemingly refused to be cowed, and is on the campaign trail for the opposition Chadema party.

But he has not had any songs banned over the last three years – and appears to mask any criticism in ways it would be difficult to pin down exactly what he is referencing.

In a recent track, Mungu Yuko Wapi? meaning “Where is God?” he questions God’s existence and his faith, asking why God allows dictators to exist and behave like gods.

Self-censorship has become a matter of survival these days in Tanzania – and in fact if asked, Nay wa Mitego might or might not say whether the song had anything to do with the country.

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