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A doctor tests a man for Covid-19 in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient on Thanksgiving Day in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston.
Airline crew members wearing protective suits arrive at Los Angeles International Airport on November 24.
Cali Hammer fist-bumps Santa, who was behind a plexiglass partition at a Cabela’s store in Tilden Township, Pennsylvania, on November 20.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a news conference on November 19. Birx became the first official with the White House coronavirus task force to speak at a briefing while wearing a face mask.
Medical workers and patients are seen November 18 at a temporary hospital that was set up for coronavirus patients at the Krylatskoye Ice Palace in Moscow. Russia said that as of November 16, more than 33,000 people in the country had died of Covid-19. But that number is disputed by critics who say the Kremlin is underreporting the numbers.
Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient to a waiting flight at the Lyon-Bron Airport in France on November 16.
Cars line up at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium for Covid-19 testing on November 14.
Spc. Demetrie Barnett of the Nevada National Guard administers a Covid-19 test to North Las Vegas City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown during a preview of a free drive-thru testing site on November 12.
A nursing-home resident, left, speaks with her visiting daughter through a plastic screen in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, on November 11. The plastic screen is part of a “Hug Room” that allows residents and their families to embrace each other during the coronavirus pandemic.
A soldier waits at a window for a colleague’s swab as they practice inside a rapid testing center in Liverpool, England, on November 6.
A medical worker looks away as she provides care to a Covid-19 patient in Saint-Etienne, France, on November 6.
A boy watches as a health worker tests someone for Covid-19 in Hyderabad, India, on October 27.
People shop at an outside market in Berlin on October 27.
A medic sits in an ambulance in Kommunarka, Russia, on October 27.
Commuters ride a bus in Beijing during rush hour on October 26.
Volunteers at a cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar, bury someone believed to have died from Covid-19.
People wait in a line to vote early in New York City on October 24. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state of New York was allowing early voting for the first time.
An oversized surgical mask is displayed on the front of a house in San Francisco. The homeowner put it there ahead of Halloween.
A cyclist takes pictures of a public art project set up on the DC Armory Parade Ground in Washington, DC. An estimated 240,000 flags were planted to represent lives lost to Covid-19. The display, created by local artist Susanne Brennan Firstenberg, was on display for two weeks.
Medical staff use a biocontainment stretcher to transfer a Covid-19 patient to a hospital in Varese, Italy, on October 19.
A dog is trained to sniff out Covid-19 at a national veterinary school in Paris on October 15.
A health worker in Manila, Philippines, sits behind a booth October 6 during mass testing for public transportation drivers.
A security guard gives hand sanitizer to students as they arrive at the Prabhat secondary school on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on October 6.
A man from the Mouride Brotherhood reads a book with poems written by Cheikh Amadou Bamba as he stands in line to enter the Grand Mosque of Touba in Touba, Senegal, on October 5.
Tourists crowd together in Beijing as they move slowly on a section of the Great Wall of China on October 4. The scene would have been unthinkable just months ago.
A paramedic adjusts a patient’s face mask outside an Athens, Greece, nursing home where dozens of people tested positive for Covid-19.
A student has her temperature checked before entering classes at a school in Thankot, Nepal, on September 30.
A health worker tests a student for Covid-19 after classes started at a college in the Indian village of Jhargaon on September 30.
Medical staff hold swabs for rapid Covid-19 tests at a high school in Rome on September 28.
Medical residents sit in the middle of a street as they protest their working conditions in Barcelona, Spain, on September 28.
Members of the LSU marching band sit apart from one another before a college football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on September 26.
A grave digger in Jakarta, Indonesia, plants a cross in a public cemetery, part of which is reserved for suspected Covid-19 victims, on September 26.
A cemetery worker in La Paz, Bolivia, pushes a cart with a plastic-wrapped coffin on September 23.
An adviser waits for people behind a plastic glass screen during a job fair in Barcelona, Spain, on September 21.
A woman watches the band Jikustik during a drive-in concert in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on September 20.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews are separated by plastic shields as they pray in a synagogue in Bnei Brak, Israel, on September 18.
A health worker in Hyderabad, India, takes a break in front of a fan on September 17.
Brides and grooms wait for the Pope’s arrival at the San Damaso courtyard in the Vatican on September 16.
Maria Hernandez, top, embraces her aunt through a transparent curtain at a nursing home in San Salvador, El Salvador, on September 11.
A coronavirus victim is buried at a cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 8.
Young students make sure they are spread out from one another as they stand in a line before entering a classroom in Pamplona, Spain, on September 7.
A girl cries as she is tested for Covid-19 at a drive-thru testing station in East Jerusalem on September 6.
People wear face masks and sit spread apart at the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 2.
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.
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.
Workers in New Delhi prepare to cremate the body of a coronavirus victim on August 22.
A health worker administers a Covid-19 test in the Indian village of Kusumpur on August 17.
People gather in Little Venice on the Aegean Sea island of Mykonos, Greece, on August 16.
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.
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.
A man receives an injection while taking part in a vaccine trial in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13.
Election officials sort absentee ballots in Atlanta, where there were several runoffs taking place on August 11.
Gravediggers bury a coronavirus victim at the Pondok Ranggon cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 10.
Kindergarten students wear face masks and play in screened-in areas at the Wat Khlong Toey School in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 10.
Medics wait to transport a woman with possible Covid-19 symptoms to a hospital in Austin, Texas, on August 7.
A coronavirus victim is lowered into the ground during her funeral in New Delhi on August 7.
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.
A health worker performs a Covid-19 test at a gymnasium in Navotas, Philippines, on August 6.
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.
Cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 victim at a graveyard in Comas, Peru, on August 5.
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.
Poll worker Debra Moore sanitizes her workspace during a primary election in Detroit on August 4.
A stylist from Grey Matter LA cuts a client’s hair on a rooftop parking lot in Los Angeles on August 4.
Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for his first day of school in Dallas, Georgia, on August 3.
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.
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.
A volunteer disinfects a rooftop area in Rio de Janeiro on August 1.
Volunteer health workers disinfect a mosque prior to Eid al-Adha prayers in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 31.
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.
Relatives of Covid-19 patients line up to recharge oxygen cylinders in Villa Maria del Triunfo, Peru, on July 29.
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.
A health worker tests a child for Covid-19 at a school in New Delhi on July 27.
Portraits are taped onto seats to help theatergoers spread out in Nicosia, Cyprus, on July 27.
The casket of a coronavirus victim is carried from a funeral home in Johannesburg on July 26.
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.
A casket containing the remains of a coronavirus victim waits to be removed from a mortuary in Soweto, South Africa, on July 24.
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.
Undertakers push the casket of a coronavirus victim during a funeral in Soweto, South Africa, on July 21.
A worker measures a man’s temperature before allowing him to enter La Vega market in Santiago, Chile, on July 19.
Indigenous nurses in Santarem, Brazil, administer a Covid-19 test on Chief Domingos from the Arapium tribe on July 19.
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.
Doctors from the Palestinian Ministry of Health take blood samples in Hebron, West Bank, on July 15.
Health workers in Mumbai, India, screen residents for Covid-19 symptoms on July 14.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for a July 13 protest over lockdown measures in Jerusalem.
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.
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.
Cars line up in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot so drivers could be tested in Miami Gardens, Florida, on July 6.
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.
A woman walks along a road painted with circles to help people maintain social distancing in Mumbai, India, on June 29.
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.
Hugo, 3, has his temperature taken by a teacher as he arrives at kindergarten in Barcelona on June 26.
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.
Health-care workers prepare to conduct Covid-19 testing in Mumbai, India, on June 23.
People are spread out as former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, speaks in Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17.
A firefighter in Chennai, India, sprays disinfectant to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on June 11.
The sun sets over a cemetery for coronavirus victims near Najaf, Iraq, on June 10.
A woman is sprayed with disinfectant before entering a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 9.
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.
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.
Dealers wear masks June 3 just before the reopening of the D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Government health workers test a resident on the Brazilian island of Marajo on June 1.
Workers spray disinfectant inside a movie theater in Bangkok, Thailand, ahead of its reopening on May 31.
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.
Commuters crowd a train station in Tokyo during the morning rush hour on May 26.
Students take their spring exams at the Vallhall Sports Arena in Oslo, Norway, on May 26.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Carabine, a retired US Marine, replaces flags at the South End Cemetery in East Hampton, New York, just before Memorial Day.
High school graduates turn their tassels during a drive-thru graduation ceremony at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on May 22.
Workers wear protective gear as they start a cremation oven in Ecatepec, Mexico, on May 21.
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.
On May 21, people lower the coffin of a woman who died from the coronavirus in Srinagar, India.
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.
People practice social distancing in New York’s Domino Park on May 17.
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.
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.
Pope Francis delivers a blessing from the window of his studio overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square on May 10.
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.
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.
A Briarcliff High School student participates in a parade of graduating seniors through Briarcliff Manor, New York, on May 9.
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.
A man rides past social-distancing markers in front of a shop in Brussels, Belgium, on May 9.
A man pauses as he places the casket of a relative into a van at a busy New York funeral home on May 9.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A worker helps disinfect a subway train in New York on May 6. The subway syatem was shut down for a deep-cleaning.
High school students study in a classroom in Wuhan, China, as they returned to school on May 6.
A nursery is disinfected in Cannes, France, on May 6. Nurseries in France were to gradually reopen on May 11.
Refrigerated trucks are seen at a morgue that opened in New York to assist overwhelmed funeral homes.
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.
This aerial photo shows surfers accessing Sydney’s Tamarama Beach on April 29. Several Sydney beaches reopened for exercise only.
A barber wears protective equipment as he cuts a customer’s hair in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 27.
Health workers at a coronavirus testing center in New Delhi attend to a colleague who fainted due to exhaustion on April 27.
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.
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.
A boy plays hopscotch at his home in A Coruna, Spain, on April 23.
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.
A dentist wears protective equipment while treating a patient in Den Bosch, Netherlands, on April 22.
Biology teachers prepare to hold an exam at a secondary school in Berlin on April 22.
A volunteer in Yangon, Myanmar, spreads calcium oxide on a road to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on April 22.
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.
A man disinfects a ceiling lamp at the Čobanija Mosque in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on April 21.
A nurse holds a newborn baby, wearing a face shield as a protective measure, at a maternity facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 21.
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.
A woman applauds from the balcony of her Paris home to show support for health care workers on April 20.
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.
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.
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.
Abed Khankan cuts a customer’s hair outdoors in Malmo, Sweden, on April 17.
Two women walk to rent a small paddle boat by the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 17.
Cars sit at a newly opened drive-in cinema in Dortmund, Germany, on April 17. It’s in front of a former blast furnace.
Funeral workers in Manaus, Brazil, prepare the grave of a woman who is suspected to have died from the coronavirus.
A member of the Don Bosco Foundation delivers food from the Fraternitas Project, which serves vulnerable families in Seville, Spain, on April 16.
Police officers try on personal protective equipment in Amritsar, India, on April 16.
Workers in Nairobi, Kenya, fumigate the streets and the stalls of the City Park Market on April 15.
Novice Buddhist monks wear face shields at the Molilokayaram Educational Institute in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 15.
A woman sits on a bench at an empty metro station in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 15.
Health workers in Barcelona, Spain, acknowledge people who were showing their support from their balconies and windows.
Workers from the garment sector in Dhaka, Bangladesh, block a road during a protest demanding payment of unpaid wages.
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.
Firefighters transfer a patient from an ambulance in Montpelier, France, on April 14.
A cemetery worker pauses while digging graves at the San Vicente cemetery in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 14.
Workers produce protective face masks at a new factory near Tehran, Iran, on April 14.
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.
A flower shop employee destroys unsold flowers in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 13.
A police officer requests that people return to return to their homes during a gathering that marked the Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
A doctor in a protective chamber tests a patient for coronavirus at a walk-in kiosk in Chennai, India, on April 13.
Musicians play their instruments for a retirement home in Karben, Germany, on April 13.
A woman covers herself with plastic as heavy rain falls outside a New York hospital on April 13.
People in Jerusalem attend the funeral of Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Israel’s former chief rabbi who died from coronavirus complications.
In Rio de Janeiro, the Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to make Christ look like a doctor on April 12.
A couple stands in a park along the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China.
Priest-in-charge Angie Smith uses her phone to broadcast an Easter service from a churchyard in Hartley Wintney, England, on April 12.
Children wave to a person dressed as the Easter Bunny during a neighborhood parade in Haverford, Pennsylvania, on April 10.
Health workers in Leganes, Spain, cry during a memorial for a co-worker who died because of the coronavirus.
Volunteers spray disinfectant in a favela in Rio de Janeiro on April 10.
A health care worker holds the hand of a coronavirus patient being moved at a hospital near Barcelona, Spain, on April 9.
Service boats spray water in London to show support for health care workers on April 9.
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.
People wait in their cars for the San Antonio Food Bank to begin food distribution on April 9.
A worker disinfects a carved cross at the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira, Colombia, on April 8.
A cake shop employee in Athens, Greece, prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with face masks on April 8.
Californians Sarah and Aaron Sanders, along with their children, use video conferencing to celebrate a Passover Seder with other family members on April 8.
Cars in Wuhan line up to leave at a highway toll station.
Rabbi Yaakov Kotlarsky places Passover Seder to-go packages into a car trunk in Arlington Heights, Illinois, on April 7.
A man is sprayed with disinfectant prior to going to a market in Tirana, Albania, on Monday, April 6.
Izzie, left, and Tippi wear ventilated dog masks in Philadelphia on April 6.
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.
A Catholic priest sprinkles holy water on devotees during Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on Sunday, April 5.
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.
A police officer wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit walks in a market in Chennai, India, to raise awareness about social distancing.
A woman in Moscow cooks while watching Russian President Vladimir Putin address the nation over the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Volunteers load food bags on a truck to deliver them to low-income families in Panama City, Panama, on April 1.
Designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress and a face mask at her store in Berlin on March 31.
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.
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.
Farmers deliver vegetables to a customer in Saint-Georges-sur-Cher, France, on March 29.
People listen from their homes as priests conduct Sunday mass from a church roof in Rome on March 29.
A worker fixes partitions at a quarantine center in Guwahati, India, on March 28.
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.
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.
A National Guard truck sprays disinfectant in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 27.
Pope Francis prays in an empty St. Peter’s Square on March 27.
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.
Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard prepare to take part in disinfecting the city of Tehran on March 25.
Lydia Hassebroek attends a ballet class from her home in New York on March 25.
People visit the Beijing Zoo on March 25 after it reopened its outdoor exhibits to the public.
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.
People practice social distancing as they wait for takeout food at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 24.
People arrive at the South Municipal Cemetery in Madrid to attend the burial of a man who died from the coronavirus.
Passengers arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on March 23.
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.
People clap from balconies to show their appreciation for health care workers in Mumbai, India.
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.
A Syrian Red Crescent member sprays disinfectant along an alley of the historic Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria.
A funeral service is held without family members in Bergamo, Italy, on March 21.
A member of the Syrian Violet relief group disinfects tents at a camp for displaced people in Kafr Jalis, Syria, on March 21.
A doctor examines Juan Vasquez inside a testing tent at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York on March 20.
Medical staff wearing protective suits ride down an escalator at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 18.
A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher in Rome on March 17.
A pedestrian walks a dog through a quiet street in New York on March 17.
People gather to collect free face masks in New Delhi on March 17.
Students at the Attarkiah Islamic School wear face masks during a ceremony in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on March 17.
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.
A member of Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit carries out a general disinfection at the Malaga airport on March 16.
Displaced families near Atme, Syria, attend a workshop aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus.
A police officer checks the temperatures of bus passengers at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, on March 16.
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.
Body temperatures are scanned as people enter the Buddhist temple Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 13.
Two nuns greet neighbors from their balcony in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, March 15.
Passengers wait for their flights at Marrakesh Airport in Morocco on March 15.
US Vice President Mike Pence takes a question during a White House briefing about the coronavirus on March 15.
A Sea World employee sprays disinfectant in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday, March 14.
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.
Reporters in Arlington, Virginia, sit approximately 4 feet apart during a briefing by Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie on March 13.
People walk past a closed Broadway theater on March 13 after New York canceled all gatherings over 500 people.
A Costco customer stands by two shopping carts in Richmond, California, on March 13.
A teacher works in an empty classroom at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain.
A woman looks at an empty bread aisle in Antwerp, Belgium, on March 13.
Employees of the Greek Parliament wear plastic gloves ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
A motorcyclist drives through disinfectant sprayed in Jammu, India, on March 13.
Workers prepare to construct an additional building on a hospital on the outskirts of Moscow.
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.
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.
An Uber Eats delivery biker stands at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome.
Workers in protective suits disinfect Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace on March 11.
A person wearing a face mask walks outside of a shopping mall in Beijing on March 11.
Medical staff in Wuhan, China, celebrate after all coronavirus patients were discharged from a temporary hospital on March 9.
Sumo wrestlers attend a tournament in Osaka, Japan, that was being held behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.
A couple rides a bicycle at a park in Seoul, South Korea, on March 7.
A volunteer from Blue Sky Rescue uses fumigation equipment to disinfect a residential compound in Beijing on March 5.
Municipal workers are seen at the Kaaba, inside Mecca’s Grand Mosque. Saudi Arabia emptied Islam’s holiest site for sterilization over coronavirus fears, an unprecedented move after the kingdom suspended the year-round Umrah pilgrimage.
Passengers react as a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the departure area of a railway station in Hefei, China, on March 4.
Teachers at the Nagoya International School in Japan conduct an online class for students staying at home as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
Soldiers spray disinfectant throughout a shopping street in Seoul.
A Muslim worshipper attends a mass prayer against coronavirus in Dakar, Senegal, on March 4. It was after cases were confirmed in the country.
People wear face masks in New York’s Times Square on March 3. New York reported its first case of coronavirus two days earlier.
A security guard stands on the Shibuya Sky observation deck in Tokyo on March 3.
Medical staff stand outside a hospital in Daegu, South Korea, on March 1.
Health care workers transfer a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, on March 1. The long-term care facility is linked to confirmed coronavirus cases.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a London laboratory of the Public Health England National Infection Service.
Tomoyuki Sugano, a professional baseball player on the Yomiuri Giants, throws a pitch in an empty Tokyo Dome during a preseason game on February 29. Fans have been barred from preseason games to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Commuters wearing masks make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on February 28.
Medical staff transport a coronavirus patient within the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 28.
A bank clerk disinfects banknotes in China’s Sichuan province on February 26.
A child wearing a protective face mask rides on a scooter in an empty area in Beijing.
A Catholic devotee wears a face mask as he is sprinkled with ash during Ash Wednesday services in Paranaque, Philippines, on February 26.
People disinfect Qom’s Masumeh shrine in Tehran, Iran, on February 25.
A worker in Daegu stacks plastic buckets containing medical waste from coronavirus patients on February 24.
Paramedics carry a stretcher off an ambulance in Hong Kong on February 23.
A team of volunteers disinfects a pedestrian bridge in Bangkok, Thailand.
A man rides his bike in Beijing on February 23.
Hospital personnel in Codogno, Italy, carry new beds inside the hospital on February 21. The hospital is hosting some people who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
Doctors look at a CT scan of a lung at a hospital in Xiaogan, China, on February 20.
A medical worker rests at the isolation ward of the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan on February 16.
Authorities watch as the Westerdam cruise ship approaches a port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13. Despite having no confirmed cases of coronavirus on board, the Westerdam was refused port by four other Asian countries before being allowed to dock in Cambodia.
A worker has his temperature checked on a shuttered commercial street in Beijing on February 12.
Beds are made in the Wuhan Sports Center, which has been converted into a temporary hospital.
A child rides a scooter past a police officer wearing protective gear outside the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11. More than 100 people evacuated the housing block after four residents in two different apartments tested positive for the coronavirus.
A police officer, left, wears protective gear as he guards a cordon at the Hong Mei House in Hong Kong on February 11.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has his temperature checked during an appearance in Beijing on February 10.
People participating in a Lunar New Year Parade in New York City hold signs reading, “Wuhan stay strong!” on February 9.
A worker wearing a protective suit uses a machine to disinfect a business establishment in Shanghai, China, on February 9.
Workers in protective gear walk near the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama on February 7.
A woman grieves while paying tribute to Li at Li’s hospital in Wuhan on February 7.
The Anthem of the Seas cruise ship is seen docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 7. Passengers were to be screened for coronavirus as a precaution, an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNN.
A light installation is displayed by striking members of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance and other activists at the Hospital Authority building in Hong Kong on February 7.
Passengers are seen on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Yokohama Port on February 7.
Flight attendants wearing face masks make their way through Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok on February 7.
Workers check sterile medical gloves at a latex-product manufacturer in Nanjing, China, on February 6.
A woman wears a protective mask as she shops in a Beijing market on February 6.
This aerial photo shows the Leishenshan Hospital that is being built in Wuhan to handle coronavirus patients.
A passenger shows a note from the World Dream cruise ship docked at the Kai Tak cruise terminal in Hong Kong on February 5.
A mask is seen on a statue in Beijing on February 5.
A dog in Beijing wears a makeshift mask constructed from a paper cup.
Striking hospital workers in Hong Kong demand the closure of the border with mainland China on February 4.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4. It arrived a day earlier with passengers feeling ill.
A medical worker wearing protective gear waits to take the temperature of people entering Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong on February 4.
Medical workers in protective suits help transfer patients to a newly completed field hospital in Wuhan.
People wearing protective overalls talk outside a Wuhan hotel housing people in isolation on February 3.
A man stands in front of TV screens broadcasting a speech by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam on February 3. Lam said the city would shut almost all border-control points to the mainland.
A colleague sprays disinfectant on a doctor in Wuhan on February 3.
Medical workers move a coronavirus patient into an isolation ward at the Second People’s Hospital in Fuyang, China, on February 1.
Children wear plastic bottles as makeshift masks while waiting to check in to a flight at the Beijing Capital Airport on January 30.
Passengers in Hong Kong wear protective masks as they wait to board a train at Lo Wu Station, near the mainland border, on January 30.
A volunteer wearing protective clothing disinfects a street in Qingdao, China, on January 29.
Nanning residents line up to buy face masks from a medical appliance store on January 29.
Lyu Jun, left, a member of a medical team leaving for Wuhan, says goodbye to a loved one in Urumqi, China, on January 28.
A charter flight from Wuhan arrives at an airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on January 28. The US government chartered the plane to bring home US citizens and diplomats from the American consulate in Wuhan.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in wears a mask to inspect the National Medical Center in Seoul on January 28.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, center, attends a news conference in Hong Kong on January 28. Lam said China will stop individual travelers to Hong Kong while closing some border checkpoints and restricting flights and train services from the mainland.
Workers at an airport in Novosibirsk, Russia, check the temperatures of passengers who arrived from Beijing on January 28.
US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the American public-health response.
Two residents walk in an empty park in Wuhan on January 27. The city remained on lockdown for a fourth day.
A person wears a protective mask, goggles and coat as he stands in a nearly empty street in Beijing on January 26.
Medical staff members bring a patient to the Wuhan Red Cross hospital on January 25.
People wear protective masks as they walk under Lunar New Year decorations in Beijing on January 25.
Construction workers in Wuhan begin to work on a special hospital to deal with the outbreak on January 24.
A couple kisses goodbye as they travel for the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing on January 24.
Workers manufacture protective face masks at a factory in China’s Hubei Province on January 23.
Shoppers wear masks in a Wuhan market on January 23.
Passengers are checked by a thermography device at an airport in Osaka, Japan, on January 23.
People wear masks while shopping for vegetables in Wuhan on January 23.
A militia member checks the body temperature of a driver in Wuhan on January 23.
Passengers wear masks as they arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on January 23.
A customer holds boxes of particulate respirators at a pharmacy in Hong Kong on January 23.
Passengers wear masks at the high-speed train station in Hong Kong on January 23.
A woman rides an electric bicycle in Wuhan on January 22.
People in Guangzhou, China, wear protective masks on January 22.
People go through a checkpoint in Guangzhou on January 22.
Medical staff of Wuhan’s Union Hospital attend a gathering on January 22.
Health officials hold a news conference in Beijing on January 22.
Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn’t act to remove Trump
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi said in the letter to Democrats on Sunday night laying out next steps.
The House will try to pass a measure on Monday imploring Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, through which he and the Cabinet declare Trump “incapable of executing the duties of his office, after which the Vice President would immediately exercise powers as acting president.” If Republicans object, as is virtually certain, Democrats will pass the bill via a roll call vote on Tuesday.
“We are calling on the Vice President to respond within 24 hours,” Pelosi wrote. “Next, we will proceed with bringing impeachment legislation to the Floor.”
But it’s not clear when exactly the Senate will take up the House’s measure. The Senate isn’t scheduled to return until Jan. 19, but will hold pro forma sessions on Tuesday and Friday. In theory, a senator could try to pass the House resolution by unanimous consent, but as of now it appears unlikely that it would pass.
On Monday, multiple House Democrats plan to introduce impeachment resolutions that would become the basis of any impeachment article considered by the House later this week.
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), who will introduce an article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, said on Sunday that roughly 200 Democrats have co-sponsored the measure.
Currently, 211 voting members (plus three nonvoting members) support Cicilline’s legislation, and they are hoping to reach 217 voting members by Monday morning, enough for the House to impeach Trump, one Democratic source familiar with the matter told POLITICO.
A small number of Democrats have opted not to co-sign the bill, but privately say they will vote to support the resolution on the floor, the source added.
The impeachment effort in the House is likely to be bipartisan, with Democrats expecting at least one GOP lawmaker — Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — to sign on. A handful of other House Republicans are seriously weighing it, according to several sources, though those lawmakers are waiting to see how Democrats proceed, and some are concerned about dividing the country even further.
Among the GOP members whom Democrats are keeping an eye on are Reps. John Katko of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.
Across the Capitol, at least two Republicans — Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have called on Trump to resign. On Saturday, Toomey told Fox News, “I do think the president committed impeachable offenses,” but told CNN the next day that he does not believe there is enough time to impeach.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has also said he would consider articles of impeachment.
Another option has emerged among some Republican and moderate Democratic circles — censuring Trump — though it remains highly unlikely to advance.
A censure resolution would gain far more support in the GOP than impeachment. Some Republicans have privately been pushing for that route and are trying to get Biden on board, according to GOP sources. That group of Republicans is also warning that impeachment could destroy Biden’s reputation with Republicans.
But censure is considered a nonstarter in an incensed House Democratic Caucus, where members see it as a slap on the wrist that gives Republicans an easy out.
The Democrats’ enormous step toward impeachment on Sunday comes after Pelosi and other top Democrats held a private call on Saturday night in which they discussed the potential ramifications that a lengthy impeachment trial could have on Biden’s presidency.
Democratic leaders discussed several options to limit the political effects on Biden’s first 100 days, with one option — floated by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) — for the House to delay the start of an impeachment trial in the Senate by holding on to the article of impeachment.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has sent out a memo to senators explaining that the Senate could not take up impeachment until Jan. 19 at the earliest, absent unanimous consent.
A final decision has not been made, and House Democrats will discuss the matter on a 2 p.m. caucus call on Monday.
Lawmakers are already privately expressing concerns about returning to the Capitol for multiple days this week, worried about both a potential coronavirus outbreak and whether the building is secure, given how easily an armed pro-Trump mob invaded on Wednesday.
The Capitol physician urged House lawmakers and staff to get tested in a memo Sunday, saying they might have been exposed to someone who had the virus while huddling for safety in a large committee room for hours on Wednesday. During the hourslong lockdown, several Republican members refused to wear masks despite being offered them by Democrats worried about the spread of the deadly virus.
Melanie Zanona, Olivia Beavers and Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.
Matt Hancock Scraps “Unnecessary Training Modules” Blamed For Slowing Vaccine Rollout
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Matt Hancock said people will no longer need to undertake training including an anti-terrorism course to give the coronavirus jab after MPs said “bureaucratic rubbish” was delaying mass vaccination.
It comes as MPs called for the government to produce targets for the number of people given immunity before lockdown can be lifted.
The health secretary said a series of “unnecessary training modules” are being scrapped to speed up the process of getting people qualified to deliver the jab.
Speaking in the Commons, Sir Edward Leigh said he was shown by his fellow the Tory MP, a qualified GP, the “ridiculous form” he had filled out to start delivering the vaccine.
“When he’s inoculating an old lady, he’s not going to ask her if she’s come into contact with Jihadis or whatever, so the Secretary has got to cut through all this bureaucratic rubbish,” he said.
In response Mr Hancock said: “I am a man after Sir Edward’s heart and I can tell the House that we have removed a series of the unnecessary training modules that had been put in place, including fire safety, terrorism and others.
“I’ll write to him with the full panoply of the training that is not required and we have been able to remove, and we made this change as of this morning and I am glad to say it is enforced.
“I am a fan of busting bureaucracy and in this case I agree with him that it is not necessary to undertake anti-terrorism training in order to inject vaccines.”
Dr Fox had earlier challenged Boris Johnson to drop the “bureaucracy” and “political correctness” of the forms vaccine volunteers must fill out.
He told MPs: “As a qualified but non-practising doctor, I volunteered to help with the scheme and would urge others to do the same.
“But, can I ask the Prime Minister why I’ve been required to complete courses on conflict resolution, equality, diversity and human rights, moving and handling loads and preventing radicalisation in order to give a simple Covid jab?”
Mr Johnson said he had been “assured by the Health Secretary that all such obstacles, all such pointless pettifoggery has been removed”.
The government has been attempting to recruit thousands of volunteers to help with a mass vaccination programme, and with the recent approval of the more easily deliverable Oxford/AstraZeneca version has today revealed the location of seven mass vaccination centres set to open next week.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told journalists at a briefing they would be at Robertson House in Stevenage, the ExCel Centre in London, the Centre for Life in Newcastle, the Etihad Tennis Centre in Manchester, Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol and Millennium Point in Birmingham, and it is expected they will be run with a combination of NHS staff and volunteers.
But so far the government has not said how many people need to be inoculated before it has an impact on the coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Hancock was asked by a number of MPs if the measures could be eased once the top few tiers in the vaccine priority list had been clear.
Former Conservative chief whip Mark Harper said once the top four groups, which includes care home residents and staff, frontline NHS workers, the clinically extremely vulnerable and everyone over 70 “we’ve taken care therefore of 80% of the risk of death”.
Adding: “What possible reason is there at that point for not rapidly relaxing the restrictions that are in place on the rest of our country?”
The health secretary replied: “We have to see the impact of that vaccination on the reduction in the number of deaths, which I very much hope that we will see at that point, and so that is why we will take this – an evidence-led move down through the tiers, when we’ve broken the link, I hope, between cases and hospitalisations and deaths.”
The ex-Tory minister and another doctor, Andrew Murrison, said: “The logic of anticipating what is going to happen in two or three or four weeks’ time from the number of cases we are getting at the moment is that we can do the same in reverse.
“That is to say, when we have a sufficient number of people vaccinated up we can anticipate in two or three or four weeks’ time how many deaths have been avoided.
“That means, since it cuts both ways he will be able to make a decision on when we should end these restrictions.”
Mr Hancock replied: “The logic of the case that Dr Murrison makes is the right logic and we want to see that happen in empirical evidence on the ground.
“This hope for the weeks ahead doesn’t take away, though, from the serious and immediate threat posed now.”
The Cabinet minister said the challenge for the government is to increase the amount of doses available, claiming “the current rate-limiting factor on the vaccine rollout is the supply of approved, tested, safe vaccine”.
He added: ”We are working with both AstraZeneca and Pfizer to increase that supply as fast as possible and they’re doing a brilliant job.”
But Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth called for the government to ramp up its vaccination programme to six million doses a week.
He told the Commons: “The Prime Minister has promised almost 14 million will be offered the vaccine by mid-Feb. That depends on around two million doses a week on average.
“Both [Mr Hancock] and the Prime Minister have reassured us in recent days that it’s doable based on orders.
“But in the past ministers have told us that they had agreements for 30 million AstraZeneca doses by September 2020 and 10 million of Pfizer doses by the end of 2020.
“So, I think people just want to understand the figures and want clarity. Can ministers tell us how many of the ordered doses have been manufactured?”
Mr Ashworth added: “Two million a week would be fantastic but it should be the limit of our ambitions, we should be aiming to scale up to three, then five, then six million jabs a week over the coming months.”
How South African police are tackling pangolin smugglers
Quiet, solitary and nocturnal, the pangolin has few natural enemies, but researchers believe it is the most trafficked mammal in the world. The tough scales covering its body are sought after for use in Chinese medicine, in the erroneous belief that they have healing properties.
The animal has also been of interest to researchers during the coronavirus pandemic. Related viruses have been found in trafficked pangolins, though there is continued uncertainty around early theories that pangolins were involved in the transmission of the virus from animals to humans.
After South African police seized a pangolin from suspected smugglers, BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding witnessed how vets tried to save the animal’s life.
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