Demand explodes for New York food banks as unemployment rises

Demand explodes for New York food banks as unemployment rises

New York food banks have become inundated with newcomers, deprived of income since the near-total halt of business in the United States' economic capital. "We’re seeing a lot of poverty," notices Geraldine Firmin from City Harvest, a major New Yor...
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Coronavirus: Zimbabwe police patrol empty streets as lockdown begins

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe police patrol empty streets as lockdown begins

Police patrol the streets of Zimbabwean capital Harare as the country enters a 21-day "total" lockdown that will curtail movement, shut most shops and banks, and suspend flights in and out of Zimbabwe.
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Coronavirus: Moscow outer ring road still busy on first day of lockdown

Coronavirus: Moscow outer ring road still busy on first day of lockdown

A few cars still drive on Moscow's circular ring road following the adoption of strict isolation rules decreed by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The new restrictions apply to all the city's residents, regar...
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Coronavirus: Fitness coach beats balcony blues with free workouts in Germany

Coronavirus: Fitness coach beats balcony blues with free workouts in Germany

Every morning, Mexican fitness coach Pato Cervantes offers a free workout session for a neighbourhood in Hamburg, in northern Germany. He gets people to exercise who are confined to their houses because of the novel coronavirus.
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Wuhan residents get tested for coronavirus

Wuhan residents get tested for coronavirus

Residents in Wuhan get tested for the coronavirus at a neighbourhood-level testing point. The ground-zero city is cautiously reopening, with loosened travel restrictions, after a two-month quarantine.
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Coronavirus: New Yorkers applaud medical workers

Coronavirus: New Yorkers applaud medical workers

Manhattan residents clap and cheer from their windows in gratitude for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. New York state has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the US.
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Lebanese applaud coronavirus-battling health workers from balconies

Lebanese applaud coronavirus-battling health workers from balconies

Cheering erupts from balconies and windows in Beirut as residents stand in solidarity with healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus: streets disinfected in Myanmar’s Yangon

Coronavirus: streets disinfected in Myanmar’s Yangon

The streets of Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon were disinfected on Sunday as worries mount over the coronavirus pandemic. According to the John Hopkins University tracker, the under-developed Southeast Asian nation had 10 confirmed cases as of...
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Vote counting starts in Mali amid coronavirus and security fears

Vote counting starts in Mali amid coronavirus and security fears

Vote counting starts in Mali barely a day after the country recorded its first coronavirus death and with the leading opposition figure kidnapped and believed to be in the hands of jihadists.
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COVID-19: Police checkpoints limit access to Florida Keys amid lockdown

COVID-19: Police checkpoints limit access to Florida Keys amid lockdown

Monroe County Sheriff deputies man a checkpoint on US 1 leading into the Florida Keys as officials decided to restrict the access and only allow property owners and people who work in the Keys amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Coronavirus: India turns trains and stadiums into quarantine centres

Coronavirus: India turns trains and stadiums into quarantine centres

India's city of Guwahati is turning its trains into isolation wards for positive COVID-19 cases and an indoor stadium into a quarantine centre for suspected cases as it prepares for the coronavirus pandemic. India has so far recorded 873 cases.
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Coronavirus: the Champs-Elysées empty on the 13th day of lockdown in Paris

Coronavirus: the Champs-Elysées empty on the 13th day of lockdown in Paris

The Champs-Elysées is almost deserted on the 13th day of lockdown in France, a rare phenomenon that the few passers-by on the Place de la Concorde do not hesitate to immortalise in photos.
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Coronavirus: transfer of a patient in France from the Grand Est region to a hospital in Nouvelle Aqu

Coronavirus: transfer of a patient in France from the Grand Est region to a hospital in Nouvelle Aqu

An ambulance leaves Bordeaux train station with a patient arriving in a medicalized train from Nancy and Mulhouse. The patient is transferred to a hospital in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
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Coronavirus: Piazza di Spagna in Rome almost deserted as death toll surpasses 10,000

Coronavirus: Piazza di Spagna in Rome almost deserted as death toll surpasses 10,000

Images from a deserted Piazza di Spagna as Italy's death toll tops 10,000 despite a 16-day lockdown. Its toll from the past three days alone reached 2,520 -- higher than the total number of deaths in the United States and France. Italy now looks c...
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Coronavirus: a military helicopter transfers two patients from France to Germany

Coronavirus: a military helicopter transfers two patients from France to Germany

Two coronavirus patients board a military helicopter in Metz to be evacuated to Essen, Germany.
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Belarus is now only soccer league to keep playing

Belarus is now only soccer league to keep playing

As the rest of European football is put on hold to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, the Belarus championship ploughs on. Avid fans brush off any fears of contagion to cheer on home side Mozyr as they upset the country's top team BATE Bori...
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Coronavirus: in Madrid, the big ice rink transformed into a morgue

Coronavirus: in Madrid, the big ice rink transformed into a morgue

Madrid's large ice rink, the Palacio de Hielo, has been converted into a morgue where the bodies of victims of the novel coronavirus recovered from hospitals and nursing homes are stored. This makeshift morgue was set up to help the municipal fun...
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Coronavirus: Stranded cruise passengers transfer to another vessel in Panama

Coronavirus: Stranded cruise passengers transfer to another vessel in Panama

Passengers stranded aboard the Dutch 'Zaandam' cruise ship are being evacuated on to the 'Rotterdam'. Four elderly passengers aboard the Zaandam have already died with the vessel unable to dock at any ports in South America after dozens of people...
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Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims

Spain ice rink converted into morgue for COVID-19 victims

Images of workers and vehicles, including a hearse, entering and leaving the Palacio de Hielo (Ice Palace) shopping centre in Madrid where an ice rink has been converted into a temporary morgue as Spain struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
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Place de l'Opéra in Paris deserted on 13th day of coronavirus lockdown

Place de l'Opéra in Paris deserted on 13th day of coronavirus lockdown

The usually congested Paris place de l'Opera wakes up empty on this 13th day of lockdown as the French capital continues its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

In virus fight, Singapore may jail people who stand close

Singaporeans could be jailed for up to six months if they intentionally stand close to someone else, under tough new rules announced Friday to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Some Singaporeans wonder if there is a need for a hefty fine while ...
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Coronavirus: Hand-washing truck deployed in Costa Rica's capital

Coronavirus: Hand-washing truck deployed in Costa Rica's capital

An NGO in Costa Rica transformed a van into a hand washing station, as part of an effort in conjunction with the local government to limit the spread of COVID-19 and promote sanitary measures.
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France: Ambulances take coronavirus patients to train station for transfer

France: Ambulances take coronavirus patients to train station for transfer

French ambulances bring patients suffering from the coronavirus to the Nancy train station in order to be transferred via a specially-adapted medical train from the Grand Est region to New Aquitaine, and relieve congested hospitals. The Grand Est ...
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Indian cop confronts coronavirus head-on with handmade helmet

Indian cop confronts coronavirus head-on with handmade helmet

Chennai policeman Rajesh Babu has found a creative way to get people to take precautions against the COVID-19 outbreak: a helmet made to make people think of the coronavirus. India has been under a countrywide lockdown from Wednesday, but the auth...
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Unseasonal snowfall amid cherry blossom season in Tokyo

Unseasonal snowfall amid cherry blossom season in Tokyo

Unseasonal snowfall blankets the streets of Japan's capital on Sunday during cherry blossom season, creating beautiful scenes. Tokyo's governor had urged residents to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible "explosion" in the number of coron...
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France: Eiffel Tower says 'Merci' to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19

France: Eiffel Tower says 'Merci' to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19

The Eiffel Tower pays tribute with a special light show spelling "Merci" to France's healthcare workers, who are on the frontline of the coronavirus fight.
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Paris ducks enjoy a night out as lockdown keeps humans indoors

Paris ducks enjoy a night out as lockdown keeps humans indoors

As France continues its confinement, wildlife is claiming some of the space back. Ducks are no longer content to simply stay along the Seine river, they now wander the quiet streets of Paris as seen on Friday evening near the Comédie Française the...
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Place de la Concorde in Paris deserted on 12th day of coronavirus lockdown

Place de la Concorde in Paris deserted on 12th day of coronavirus lockdown

Only a few walkers and runners are seen on the usually busy the Place de la Concorde in Paris on the 12th day of coronavirus lockdown.
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Hollywood costumers sew to help fight against coronavirus

Hollywood costumers sew to help fight against coronavirus

Hollywood costume designers and costumers in Los Angeles have united to set up a drive-thru mask-making kits distribution center in efforts to fight the coronavirus. Volunteers can pick up a kit with everything needed to sew 24 masks at home for h...
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Amid coronavirus, Berlin makes way for cyclists

Amid coronavirus, Berlin makes way for cyclists

The city of Berlin is adapting car lanes so they can be used as bicycle lanes as part of a pilot project to reduce the number of COVID-19 contaminations among cyclists and to encourage people to avoid public transport.
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Coronavirus: Shops remain open as Kabul lockdown begins

Coronavirus: Shops remain open as Kabul lockdown begins

Shops remain open as Kabul goes under lockdown, part of a planned three-week isolation period to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Afghanistan has officially recorded four deaths and 110 cases of coronavirus, but the true figure is feared to be ma...
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Coronavirus: Cellist Camilo Peralta performs on his balcony in Paris

Coronavirus: Cellist Camilo Peralta performs on his balcony in Paris

Cellist Camilo Peralta performs for his neighbours on his balcony in Paris on the 12th day of lockdown. France on Friday extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks as Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warned of "difficult days" to come ...
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Coronavirus: Champs-Elysees lies empty on 12th day of lockdown

Coronavirus: Champs-Elysees lies empty on 12th day of lockdown

A few cars, a handful of people and an empty avenue lined with closed shops. It's just another day of lockdown on the Champs-Elysees. France on Friday extended its coronavirus lockdown for another two weeks as Prime Minister Edouard Philippe warne...
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Coronavirus: Belgian hospital converts snorkelling masks into emergency ventilators

Coronavirus: Belgian hospital converts snorkelling masks into emergency ventilators

Based on research carried out in Italy, the Erasme hospital in Brussels has developed a device which transforms a Decathlon snorkelling mask into an emergency ventilator for patients suffering with COVID-19, to help mitigate any shortage of ventil...
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Two French patients evacuated to Germany by helicopter

Two French patients evacuated to Germany by helicopter

For the very first time, two French coronavirus patients are evacuated by military helicopter. They are flown from Metz to a hospital in Essen, Germany.
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Coronavirus : Russia closes its shops and restaurants

Coronavirus : Russia closes its shops and restaurants

To combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Russia announces the closure of all shops and restaurants in the country from 28 March to 5 April, with the exception of food shops and pharmacies. The country has officially recorded 840 cases of COV...
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Coronavirus: LA field hospital set up but lacking doctors

Coronavirus: LA field hospital set up but lacking doctors

Faced with an expected surge of coronavirus cases, Riverside County -- east of Los Angeles -- transforms a building inside its fairgrounds into a 125-bed field hospital to care for future patients. While electricity and air-conditioning are set up...
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Hundreds arrive in Wuhan as China eases lockdown restrictions

Hundreds arrive in Wuhan as China eases lockdown restrictions

Wuhan, the original ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, partially reopens after more than two months of almost total isolation. The city of 11 million people was placed under lockdown in January with residents forbidden to leave, roadblocks r...
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Coronavirus: New York industrial firms retooled to manufacture protective face shields

Coronavirus: New York industrial firms retooled to manufacture protective face shields

In just a few days, some industries in the Navy Yard studios in Brooklyn New York retooled their production line to manufacture protective gears for health workers to combat the coronavirus. Michael Duggal explains how his graphic and printing com...
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African countries in lockdown to escape coronavirus

African countries in lockdown to escape coronavirus

The military in the streets, road blocks, teargas to clear markets: countries across Africa shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the global death toll from pandemic approaches 25,000.
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Coronavirus: Italy's police uses drones to enforce lockdown

Coronavirus: Italy's police uses drones to enforce lockdown

After helicopters and patrols, Italy's Guardia di Finanza (police) is now using drones to keep an eye on the population and make sure there are no gatherings, as Italy continues its lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: French Riviera yacht owners sound horns in support of medical staff

Coronavirus: French Riviera yacht owners sound horns in support of medical staff

In the port of Nice, southern France, yacht and boat owners sound their foghorns and applaud in support of the medical staff fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, that has caused 1,995 deaths in the country.
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Coronavirus: Eiffel Tower says "Thank You" to crisis responders

Coronavirus: Eiffel Tower says "Thank You" to crisis responders

Paris's Eiffel Tower pays tribute to the people mobilised in the face of the coronavirus crisis with a glittering message reading "Merci" (Thank You), also advising people between 2000 and 2300 local time to "stay at home".
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Belgium's homeless struggling under virus lockdown

Belgium's homeless struggling under virus lockdown

Stay home to avoid coronavirus: simple advice but impossible for those who live on the streets. In Brussels, local support group Samusocial is trying to help them and has set up a crisis centre for those tested positive with COVID-19.
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UK: PM has coronavirus but continues to lead government response (Gove)

UK: PM has coronavirus but continues to lead government response (Gove)

British Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove speaks at the daily government briefing on COVID-19 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson self-isolates after testing positive for the virus.
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Coronavirus: Gaza mosques close over virus measures

Coronavirus: Gaza mosques close over virus measures

Mosques lie empty of Muslim worshippers after the Gaza Strip authorities closed all mosques in the Palestinian enclave as a measure to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The health ministry reported on Thursday seven new cases of novel c...
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'I'm going to need help breathing': Nurse describes COVID-19

'I'm going to need help breathing': Nurse describes COVID-19

Aurore Jegu-Petrot, a French nurse who is asthmatic and now recovering from COVID-19, describes the symptoms she felt when she was infected with the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus: South Africa police patrol to enforce lockdown

Coronavirus: South Africa police patrol to enforce lockdown

Police in South Africa patrol Hillbrow neighbourhood in Johannesburg to enforce the country's lockdown. South Africa, which now has the highest numbers of infections on the continent, has ordered a 21-day lockdown to step the novel coronavirus out...
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