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Life under coronavirus: 24 hours around the world in pictures

By AFP
Twenty four images taken by AFP photographers around the world over a 24-hour period show how daily life has been changed by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.  By - (AFP)
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Twenty four images taken by AFP photographers around the world over a 24-hour period show how daily life has been changed by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. By - (AFP)

Over a 24-hour period, in a world where a third of humanity is now under orders to stay home, AFP photographers have captured snapshots of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Paris to Santa Monica, Dhaka to Panama, life has shuddered to a halt in varying degrees, with the closure of bars and other non-essential businesses and school classes suspended, while gatherings are banned, transport is limited and beaches and parks now no-go zones.

Here are 24 photographs, taken from Monday to Tuesday, showing scenes playing out in countries around the globe, of deserted roads and city centres, people working at home, pupils being schooled online, lonely funerals and spontaneous concerts from balconies.

Empty streets, closed doors

GRASSOBBIO, Italy

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)

Dressed in protective gear, an Italian funeral services employee in Bergamo province takes photos of the coffin of someone who has died and is being buried without their loved ones permitted to attend the cemetery due to quarantine restrictions.

PARIS

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)

The Champs-Elysees, Paris' legendary avenue, usually thronging with tourists and people taking a stroll, is deserted.

HONG KONG

A family studies together at home in Khartoum.  By Ashraf SHAZLY (AFP) A family studies together at home in Khartoum. By Ashraf SHAZLY (AFP)

In the normally buzzing bar and restaurant district of Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong singer and Elvis impersonator Kwok Lam-sang, 67, is all alone, guitar slung across his shoulder

HANOI

Students attend an online class at home in Kuwait City.  By Yasser Al-Zayyat (AFP) Students attend an online class at home in Kuwait City. By Yasser Al-Zayyat (AFP)

Cafes on usually busy streets have fallen silent.

JERUSALEM

Food delivery rider Dixon Abreu on the July 9 Avenue in Buenos Aires.  By Ronaldo SCHEMIDT (AFP) Food delivery rider Dixon Abreu on the July 9 Avenue in Buenos Aires. By Ronaldo SCHEMIDT (AFP)

Palestinians pray in front of the entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site, after it was closed by the Waqf, the Muslim foundation that runs the compound.

DAKAR

Fashion designer David Avido makes face masks from remnants of cloth and distributes them to the public for free almost every day.  By Yasuyoshi CHIBA (AFP) Fashion designer David Avido makes face masks from remnants of cloth and distributes them to the public for free almost every day. By Yasuyoshi CHIBA (AFP)

Senegal's religious Layene Brotherhood has cancelled its annual pilgrimage to the sacred cave of Almadies.

BANGKOK

Adam Duford, owner of Surf City Tours, carries out virtual tours via his Instagram feed.  By Robyn Beck (AFP) Adam Duford, owner of Surf City Tours, carries out virtual tours via his Instagram feed. By Robyn Beck (AFP)

Thai people confined to their homes in the centre of Bangkok, before a state of emergency was introduced.

Working at home and homeschooling

TOKYO

Norwegian Cruise Line employees clean a cruise ship.  By Chandan KHANNA (AFP) Norwegian Cruise Line employees clean a cruise ship. By Chandan KHANNA (AFP)

While her daughters play in the room next door, Yuki Sato, a Japanese employee of a start-up company, works at home.

MUMBAI

Spraypainted graffiti, inspired by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, on the roof of the artist's apartment building in Athens.  By Aris Messinis (AFP) Spraypainted graffiti, inspired by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, on the roof of the artist's apartment building in Athens. By Aris Messinis (AFP)

Indian Diya Roy Chowdhury, who works in human relations for a Mumbai company, takes a break on her sofa after setting up a home office. Working at home has both pros and cons, she says.

DURA, Palestinian Territories

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar holds her class online from her home near Hebron, following the closure of schools.

KHARTOUM

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Five at the dining table, one on the bed and another at the computer: a picture of homeschooling as a family after the closure of schools.

KUWAIT CITY

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Clutching their pencils and with their exercise books laid on the table, pupils follow their lessons by computer at home.

BUENOS AIRES

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Food delivery rider Dixon Abreu pedals along July 9 Avenue, bringing food orders to those confined in the city.

KIBERA, Kenya

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Fashion designer David Avido, 24, is making masks with left-over fabric from his creations and is giving them away.

SANTA MONICA, California

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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"We've arrived at the ocean, guys!" says the head of Surf City Tours Adam Duford, who is organising virtual trips via mobile phones and social networks.

MIAMI

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Employees of Norwegian Cruise Line clean a cruise ship. Several cruise liners have become stranded over suspected or proven cases of Covid-19 on board.

Playing and running alone

ATHENS

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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On the roof of his building, a Greek artist displays graffiti urging people to stay home and to wear a mask.

TEL AVIV

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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Israeli saxophonist Yarden Klayman plays for her neighbours in the city's Basel district, after having had to cancel her concert following a ban on non-essential travel.

DHAKA

A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo.  By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP) A pallbearer takes a picture of a coffin for the relatives of someone who has died, at a cemetery in the Italian province of Bergamo. By Piero CRUCIATTI (AFP)
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In Bangladesh, Samin Shara, nine, plays alone with a ball on the roof of his apartment building.

LONDON

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)
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A jogger in Britain finds she has Greenwich Park in southeast London to herself.

NICOSIA

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)
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Thanks to an online pilates course, a Cypriot woman exercises at home, while her dog stretches too beside her.

TANGERANG, Indonesia

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)
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Indonesian Bambang Soetono and his relatives hold midday prayers at home in this town on Java, after religious authorities urged the faithful to stay home to pray.

PANAMA

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)
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Cello player Karina Nunez plays on her balcony for her neighbours during the lockdown.

RIO

Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank.  By Hazem BADER (AFP) Palestinian teacher Jihad Abu Sharar conducts an online class from her home in the occupied West Bank. By Hazem BADER (AFP)
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Brazilian graffiti artist Rafamon projects a work onto a large screen colourfully declaring: "Vai Passar" or "It Will Pass".

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