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At the end of 2019, the Chinese government together with doctors made an announcement about the deadly, never before seen virus, seemingly similar to SARS ,first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It rapidly spread around the world. As a result, the pandemic covered the world with a blanket of ignorance and hesitation. CNET is making a compilation of different scenes to demonstrate how people are living through the so-called “plague of 2020”.

The first photo is about the man from Barcelona crossing an empty street on March 20. He’s wearing a face mask to protect himself from the invisible enemy – coronavirus.

May 4: Protests return in Venice. Image credit: cnet.com

May 4: Protests return in Venice. Near the Rialto Bridge, demonstrators are getting together to show their discontent at living under strict quarantine. Commercial activities, including restaurants and bars, need to resume their usual work to survive the economic crisis.

May 3: Beaches are facing a new life. Image credit: cnet.com

May 3: Beaches are facing a new life. People are coming back to their normal life and visit Long Beach, New Jersey, as the state reopens public beaches and parks.

April 23: Serving free lunch. Image credit: cnet.com

April 23: Serving free lunch. The organizer of the program was WCK (World Central Kitchen); volunteers were serving a free daily lunch for people who have become victims of the current economic situation.

April 23: Nancy Pelosi. Image credit: cnet.com

April 23: Nancy Pelosi. In a debate on April 23 on a $484 billion relief package in the US House of Representatives, was the Speaker of the House was Nancy Pelosi. The bill is to provide protection for small businesses and emergency relief for hospitals as well as money for coronavirus testing.

April 16: Empty Los Angeles International Airport. Image credit: cnet.com

April 16: Empty Los Angeles International Airport. A lonely atmosphere pulls our attention to the man who waits patiently in an empty baggage claim area.

April 16: Sanitizing in New Delhi. Image credit: cnet.com

April 16: Sanitizing in New Delhi. A fire truck was transformed into a massive disinfectant sprayer. New Delhi Municipal Council health department workers are cleansing streets in New Delhi’s Connaught Place.

April 15: Anti-quarantine protest in Michigan. Image credit: cnet.com

April 15: Anti-quarantine protest in Michigan. Armed people are the participants in a “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine”. The crowd of people with guns are sharing their discontent about the Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to continue the quarantine.

April 12: Extraordinary church service. Image credit: cnet.com

April 12: Extraordinary church service. The local Pastor Jerel Hagerman conducted a church service in Yucca Valley, California. People stayed in their cars in order to keep a physical distance.

April 11: Field hospital at Columbia University. Image credit: cnet.com

April 11: Field hospital at Columbia University. A whole complex of Columbia University has been transformed into a field hospital for infected patients. 

April 9: A US judge presides remotely. Image credit: cnet.com

April 9: A US judge presides remotely. New York City Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell has arranged a remote judicial process from his apartment in Brooklyn.

April 6: Toilet paper ice cream cake. Image credit: cnet,com

April 6: Toilet paper ice cream cake. People’s craze for buying toilet paper has inspired a baker in Rastatt, Germany to create an ice cream cake in the shape of toilet roll.. You can place your  order by phone and pick up through a window to keep your distance.

April 6: Priest conducting mass. Image credit: cnet.com

April 6: Priest conducting mass.  In Innsbruck, Austria, a Roman Catholic priest continues to work in his empty church full of hundreds of photos of parishioners. The process is established and regulated: the priest records a video and then uploads it for his congregation to view. 

April 3: Free goods in North Carolina. Image credit: cnet.com

April 3: Free goods in North Carolina. The volunteers program from disaster relief organization Grassroots Aid Partnership took place in North Carolina, USA. All who were in need could come and get free food and soap from volunteers.

April 2: Refugees from Somalia get their supplies. Image credit: cnet.com

April 2: Refugees from Somalia get their supplies. Distribution of goods for cleaning at the Barwako refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. Volunteers are explaining the correct usage of supplies so as to protect the people and prevent the spread of the virus.

April 2: Former cruise ship passenger treated. Image credit: cnet.com

April 2: Former cruise ship passenger treated. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a patient is transported who is one of those people who had been stuck in the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships. 

March 30: US Navy hospital ship in New York. Image credit: cnet.com

March 30: US Navy hospital ship in New York. The US navy hospital ship, The USNS Comfort, docked in New York on March 30 to take on non-COVID-19 patients and free up up to 1,000 beds to support the local medical infrastructure.

March 27: Fumigating in the Dominican Republic. Image credit: cnet.com

March 27: Fumigating in the Dominican Republic. A public worker from Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Public Works carries out the fumigation.

March 27: Blood transportation in Las Vegas. Image credit: cnet.com

March 27: Blood transportation in Las Vegas. The lack of donated blood is a common problem due to the coronavirus outbreak and large facilities that collect blood also face social distancing issues. Eva Klappa is an American Red Cross team leader who arranged a blood drive in Las Vegas on March 27.

March 20: This is how coronavirus testing looks in Berlin. Image credit: cnet.com

March 20: This is how coronavirus testing looks in Berlin. Medical workers take off their special suits after taking tests for visitors for COVID-19. Germany is increasing the amount of blood and throat mucus samples testing up to 200,000 tests per day by the end of April, and trying to relaunch their economy. Dr. Ulrike Lipke said she offers testing in a tent next to her medical practice in Berlin to avoid possible coronavirus infection coming inside. 

March 27: Intensive care unit in Belgium. Image credit: cnet.com

March 27: Intensive care unit in Belgium. This capsule is part of the special protective gear medical workers experience, as well as wearing personal kit, to treat a patient infected with coronavirus in the intensive care unit of Brussels’ Erasme Hospital.

March 26: Shelter for the homeless in Norway. Image credit: cnet.com

March 26: Shelter for the homeless in Norway. Homeless people temporarily get settled in the gym of the closed Uranienborg school in Oslo, Norway. 

March 25: On patrol in Pakistan. Image credit: cnet.com

March 25: On patrol in Pakistan. Security personnel in Quetta, Pakistan, conduct an organized patrol to enforce the partial lockdown.

March 25: A prayer in Vienna. Image credit: cnet.com

March 25: A prayer in Vienna. Lit candles and a kid’s drawing, invoking the world to “Protect us from the coronavirus”, symbolically situated right under the Plague Column in Vienna.

March 24: On the (empty) train in Belgium. Image credit: cnet.com

March 24: On the (empty) train in Belgium. Isolated cases of people riding in a half-empty subway in Brussels. The Belgian capital is not an exception and everyone sticks to a strict lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19.

March 23: National Guard in NY. Gov. Image credit: cnet.com

March 23: National Guard in NY. Gov.  Andrew Cuomo has gathered US Army National Guard members at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to announce his plan for how to support a field hospital to deal with numerous cases of coronavirus. 

March 20: Precautions in Venezuela. Image credit: cnet.com

March 20: Precautions in Venezuela. Masks are standard garb for all people, without any exception. Security forces in Caracas, Venezuela, wear masks to prevent themselves from COVID-19 after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered a “collective quarantine” in seven states.

March 20: Turkish president expresses thanks. Image credit: cnet.com

March 20: Turkish president expresses thanks. The balcony is a new park, beach and speech tribune. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife, Emine Erdogan, applaud from their balcony to express their gratitude to health care workers who are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

March 20: Keeping the arts going from afar. Image credit: cnet.com

March 20: Keeping the arts going from afar. Live streaming performances with zero people in the hall has become a new kind of concert. Pianist Denis Matsuev, double bassist Andrei Ivanov, and percussion player Alexander Zinger conduct the distant concert from the empty Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

March 18: Household isolation in Wales. Image credit: cnet.com

March 18: Household isolation in Wales. A sign on the door of a residence in Cardiff, Wales, speaks for itself.

March 18: Food handouts. Image credit: cnet.com

March 18: Food handouts. Volunteers in New Rochelle, New York, giving out bags of free food to residents. US National Guard troops joined the local staff to help distribute food in the city.

March 16: Starting school at home. Image credit: cnet.com

March 16: Starting school at home. The list of states across the US which have closed schools to stop the spread of coronavirus is rising. Kids are practicing homeschooling all around the States.

March 16: Bay Area shelter-in-place alert. Image credit: cnet.com

March 16: Bay Area shelter-in-place alert. The same message has been received by all citizens of Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area; a shelter-in-place order going into effect until April 7. This order calls for people not to leave their homes without an essential need.

March 15: Chaos grips major US airports. Image credit: cnet.com

March 15: Chaos grips major US airports. The mess washes over the international terminal of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on March 15. The screening checkpoint met passengers with hours of lines, crowded halls, and unsanitary conditions.

March 13: Warning sign in Poland. Image credit: cnet.com

March 13: Warning sign in Poland. An electronic sign at a bus station in Krakow, Poland warns people to call the health services if they’ve had contact with infected people.

March 13: Empty shelves in Maryland. Image credit: cnet.com

March 13: Empty shelves in Maryland. Shops and big supermarkets became the first to feel overloaded. People are preparing for a long stay at home and buying everything they need, and lots that they don’t.

March 12: Dow dive. Image credit: cnet.com

March 12: Dow dive. On March 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down around 2,350 points, or 10 percent, suffering its worst session since 1987 as emergency measures by central banks failed to calm fears of a recession arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

March 11: Another sporting event canceled. Image credit: cnet.com

March 11: Another sporting event canceled. A ski resort in northern Sweden should have been holding the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals, but unfortunately, like many cultural and sporting events, it has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 9: Stocks dead end. Image credit: cnet.com

March 9: Stocks dead end. Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 9. Trading was halted for 15 minutes after the opening bell as stocks fell 7% amid escalating coronavirus fears.

March 8: Italy on lockdown. Image credit: cnet.com

March 8: Italy on lockdown. Italy is the country that has been suffering the most from the coronavirus. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte decided to implement a lockdown for 16 million people in the north to stop the spread of the virus.

March 8: Israel closes border with Egypt. Image credit: cnet.com

March 8: Israel closes border with Egypt. On March 8, Israel closed its border with Egypt to slow down the spread of COVID-19. 

March 8: Quarantined Russian students. Image credit: cnet.com

March 8: Quarantined Russian students. Isolated students in a hostel in St. Petersburg, Russia’s Mechnikov North-Western State Medical University, after coming into  contact with foreign citizens infected with COVID-19.

Feb. 25: Quarantine in Ankara. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 25: Quarantine in Ankara. An ambulance carries Turkish Airlines’ passengers and crew to a local hospital to test them for coronavirus and leave them to stay for a 14-day quarantine.

Feb. 25: Tent in Tuscany. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 25: Tent in Tuscany. After the first two cases were reported in Tuscany, medical workers set up a pre-triage medical tent in front of the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital.

Feb. 12: MWC canceled. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 12: MWC canceled. Mobile World Congress, the biggest and most anticipated mobile event of the year, was canceled and rescheduled for 2021.

Feb. 7: Mourning whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 7: Mourning whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang. A portrait and pile of flowers in honor of Dr. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old Chinese doctor who sent up the signal that something was wrong and an influx of pneumonia cases weren’t normal. He passed away February 6 as a result of the virus.

Feb. 7: Wuhan on lockdown. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 7: Wuhan on lockdown. A deserted view resembles a post-apocalyptic world. Single cases of such residents on motorbikes across an empty track in Wuhan, China, as the city went into lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19.

Feb. 1: Turks evacuate China. Image credit: cnet.com

Feb. 1: Turks evacuate China. The coronavirus outbreak forced a Turkish Armed Forces cargo plane to evacuate citizens of Turkey and help nearby countries to lift their people away from the epicenter in Wuhan.

Jan. 31: Warning sign in London. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 31: Warning sign in London. No one could predict how prophetic this banner would be “Killer virus now spreading fast”, at London’s Bank station on January 31.

Jan. 30: Workers disinfect. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 30: Workers disinfect. Disinfecting measures workers are taking next to a funeral home after handling a coronavirus victim in a hospital in Wuhan, China.

Jan. 27: Isolation ward in India. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 27: Isolation ward in India. Active preparations in a ward in a government-run medical clinic in Hyderabad before receiving patients from Hong Kong.

Jan. 27: Checking for fever. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 27: Checking for fever. A regular temperature check of a passenger upon arrival at the Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport in Blang Bintang on Jan. 27.

Jan. 25: Building a new hospital in Wuhan, fast. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 25: Building a new hospital in Wuhan, fast. Perhaps the fastest building process in the world. Diggers actively preparing the place for a 1000-bed hospital in Wuhan.

Jan. 25: Caution in Hong Kong. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 25: Caution in Hong Kong. People wear surgical masks in public to decrease the viral spread. The highest warning level was declared in Hong Kong on January 25, as a result, all preparations for the official Chinese New Year celebrations were forbidden. 

Jan. 24: Keeping trains clean in South Korea. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 24: Keeping trains clean in South Korea. A worker in a special protective suit sprays disinfectant on a train to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Medical experts have determined the virus can be passed from human to human.

Jan. 24: Canceled flight in Japan. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 24: Canceled flight in Japan. A notification board showing information about canceled flights to Wuhan, China. Japan is a popular destination for a lot of Chinese citizens during the Lunar New Year holiday, but on January 25 the Chinese government limited their citizens from traveling. 

Jan. 24: Working toward a vaccine. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 24: Working toward a vaccine. Virologist Sandro Halbe looks at cell culture dishes in a lab at the Institute of Virology at the Philipps University of Marburg in Germany on January 24.

Jan. 24: Demanding action in Moscow. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 24: Demanding action in Moscow. An environmental activist pickets in front of the Russian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Moscow on January 24, demanding a thorough screening of passengers arriving from Southeast Asia.

Jan. 24: Trying to stay safe in Scotland. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 24: Trying to stay safe in Scotland. Stay safe and save others; tourists in Scotland wear face masks. The Scottish government organized a monitoring team to follow the situation across the world.

Jan. 22: Making more masks. Image credit: cnet.com

Jan. 22: Making more masks. Masks and disinfectant supplies were in short order due to the coronavirus spread. Workers continue to manufacture masks to catch up with the dissemination of the virus.

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