Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world

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To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, about one-third of the world population are now under lockdown. Here are photos from across the globe documenting this special period.
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To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, about one-third of the global population are now under orders to stay home. For those countries which haven't ordered a lockdown, many have closed public places such as shopping malls and schools to prevent people from gathering. Photos from across the globe show how streets have been left empty as the world struggles to contain the virus. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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This photograph taken on March 18 shows a pedestrian looking at an illuminated map in the empty streets of the Alpine resort of Zermatt, with the Matterhorn mountain. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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Two women observe social-distancing measures as they speak to each other from adjacent benches in the center of York, northern England, on March 19. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A general view shows a woman walking across the deserted Vittorio Emanuele II galleria shopping mall on March 10 in Milan.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A camel waits at an overlook by the (from left) Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and Pyramid of Menkaure (Menkheres) at the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of Cario, Egypt, on March 13.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23 in New York City. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A woman wearing a face mask and gloves touches a niche during the burial of a man who died of the new coronavirus at the South Municipal cemetery in Madrid on March 23. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A man delivers goods using a bicycle on the Champs Elysees in Paris on March 23. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A man covers his face as he carries his shopping in a near deserted London on March 25.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A general view shows a deserted road and the Colosseum monument on March 25 in Rome.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A young woman wearing a face mask walks on Red Square in front of St Basil's Cathedral in downtown Moscow on March 25.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A deserted street is pictured during the first day of a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Bangalore, India, on March 25. More than 1 billion Indians went into lockdown on March 25.


Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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Palestinian groom Mohamed abu Daga and his bride Israa wear protective masks amid the COVID-19 epidemic, during a photoshoot at a studio before their wedding ceremony in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 23. 

 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A general view shows Serbian military personal setting up beds inside a hall at the Belgrade Fair to accommodate people suffering from mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease on March 24. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A man wearing a plastic-covered hat and speaking on a phone walks past people praying at the nearly deserted Western Wall on March 12 in Jerusalem. 

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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A lone tourist takes photos in Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, on March 20.

Moments in March 2020: Coronavirus puts pause on the world
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Flowers are stored prior to their destruction at the flower auction on March 16 in Aalsmeer. The Dutch horticultural sector is sounding the alarm about the effects of the coronavirus crisis. Due to the loss of demand, the auctions are struggling with low prices and the need to destroy the products.

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