Week in pictures: 28 March – 3 April 2020



A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week as people react to the spread of the coronavirus.

Goats stroll around deserted streetsImage copyright
Peter Byrne / PA Media

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A herd of goats stroll around the deserted streets of Llandudno, north Wales, during the nationwide coronavirus restrictions. Town councillor Carol Marubbi believes a lack of people outdoors has lured them down from the hills.”They are curious… and I think they are wondering what’s going on, like everybody else,” she said.

A woman adjusts the face mask on a mannequin that is wearing a wedding dressImage copyright
Odd Andersen / AFP

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Wedding-dress and evening-wear designer Friederike Jorzig adjusts a mannequin wearing a wedding dress with matching protective mask in her store, Chiton, in Berlin. All events, including weddings, have been cancelled in Germany, so the designer has turned to creating fashionable face masks in her workshop.

A light projection on to the side of a mountain with the message #stayhomeImage copyright
Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

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The Matterhorn mountain on the Italian-Swiss border is illuminated with the message #stayhome, highlighting the need for social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. The projection was by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, who said it was “a sign of hope and solidarity”.

A worker disinfects a windowImage copyright
Michal Cizek / AFP

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A worker disinfects a window along the banks of the river Vltava as part of the effort to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Lava flows ooze over the ground at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion.Image copyright
Richard Bouhet / AFP

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Lava oozes down the Piton de la Fournaise volcano during an eruption on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion.

A firefighter wearing a protective suit helps a soldier to take off her face maskImage copyright
Pascal Guyot / AFP

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A firefighter wearing a protective suit helps decontaminate a soldier after she stepped out of an Airbus A320 aircraft, medically adapted by the French army. The plane had arrived at the Istres military base after a mission in Mulhouse, France.

NHS staff applaud outside the Dorset County Hospital in DorchesterImage copyright
Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images

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NHS staff from Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester participate in the second “Clap for Carers” tribute to their fellow NHS staff and other key workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Delivery drivers, supermarket staff, care workers and bin collectors were also among those thanked by the nation.

A policeman gestures towards a woman with coronavirus-themed maceImage copyright
Arun Sankar / AFP

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A policeman wearing a coronavirus-themed outfit composed of helmet, mace and shield, gestures towards a vendor at a market in Chennai, India. The lockdown there has led to disruption, particularly among the country’s poorer citizens.

A stray dog stands on a snow-covered deserted squareImage copyright
Armend Nimani / AFP

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A stray dog stands on a snow-covered, largely deserted, square in Pristina, Kosovo. The government there has imposed a curfew between 17:00 and 05:00 to try to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

A woman in a face mask walks past a signImage copyright
Josh Edelson / AFP

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A woman in a face mask walks past an apt sign posted on a boarded-up restaurant in San Francisco, California.

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