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Tuesday 12 May 2020

C-19 Sensemaking · Photo Essay

The global frontline Part II

Around the world, photographers are capturing raw tragedy – and triumph – amid the coronavirus pandemic

By Jon Jones, head of photography

Everywhere, coronavirus has hit. No place on earth is immune. But national lockdowns have made it difficult for us to see the pandemic beyond our own streets. In the UK, the movement of photographers has been restricted; the places at the heart of the coronavirus crisis – care homes, hospitals, funeral homes, morgues – have been understandably closed off. We have seen countless images of the country applauding the NHS, but little more.

In the second part of our essay on the global frontline, we continue to chart the staggering impact of the virus on communities large and small, rural and urban, rich and poor.

Displaced Syrians break their fast during an Iftar meal organised by a charity in Atareb, in the rebel-held countryside of Syria’s Aleppo province.
Indian migrant workers and labourers stuck in Delhi board buses to return to their native villages, as nationwide lockdown continues.
An emergency hospital inside a stadium in the Welsh capital, Cardiff.
Cellist Jodi Beder performs a daily concert on her front porch in Mount Rainier, Maryland, near Washington DC.
A family mourns the loss of a Covid-19 victim during a small funeral in Jakarta, Indonesia.
An antiseptic solution is sprayed at a traditional market in Seoul, South Korea.
A South African officer checks on a homeless man while on patrol on the streets of Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
A staff member from the Congolese Ministry of Health prepares to administer a Covid-19 test in Goma, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Buddhist monks wear face shields as they collect alms in Bangkok, Thailand.
Refrigerated trucks functioning as temporary morgues are seen at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in New York.
Patients infected with the coronavirus are treated on a high-speed train at the Gare d’Austerlitz train station in Paris.
A Sri Lankan sailor uses a makeshift decontamination unit near Colombo, Sri Lanka.
A homeless child and her mother in a gymnasium converted into a shelter for those unable to work due to coronavirus, in Manila, the Philippines.
A bus station in Curitiba, Brazil. The President, Jair Bolsonaro, has downplayed the threat of the virus.
At Maracana Stadium in Panama City, volunteers load bags of food on to a pick-up truck to deliver to low-income families.
The Samaritan’s Purse makeshift hospital, in New York City, treats patients in its respiratory care unit.
Workmen pre-dig graves at Sixmile Cemetery in Antrim, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
Funeral workers take a break before transporting another body to its resting place at a public cemetery in Quezon city, Manila, the Philippines.
Migrants hurry to renew their work permits at an immigration centre in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
An abandoned corpse wrapped in plastic and covered with cardboard lies on the pavement in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
An undertaker prepares a coffin at the Saint-Thomas de Villeneuve old age home in Aix-en-Provence, southern France.
Workers accompany a coffin near Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Healthcare workers comfort the wife of a man called Esteban, a male nurse who died of the coronavirus at the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, near Madrid, Spain.
The casket of a pastor, Bishop James N Flowers Jr, is laid to rest at the Harmony Cemetery in Seat Pleasant, Maryland.
Heathcare workers listen to applause outside the Hospital de Barcelona, Spain.
A fire engulfs houses in a slum community in Manila, the Philippines, during lockdown.
A medic takes a moment to rest while working in the intensive care unit at the Ambroise Paré Clinic in Paris, France.
A member of a private NGO fumigates streets in Nairobi, Kenya.
A man reacts as he is released from Insein Prison in Yangon, as part of a prisoner amnesty in Myanmar.
Doctor Marco (right) and nurse Manu, at the end of their shift in an intensive care unit at the San Filippo Neri hospital in Rome, Italy.
In the northern city of Piura, Peru, a coffin is disinfected before burial.
Colombian soldiers patrol the Simon Bolívar Square in Bogota, Colombia, as the nation continues its lockdown.
People queue outside a gun store in Culver City, California, USA.
A usually busy border checkpoint in San Diego, California, stands empty.
Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge, London, after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade of the British Army delivered a consignment of medical masks to hospitals.
A lone traveller waits at the Archives station in Washington DC, USA.
A near-deserted town centre in England during lockdown.
The Vila Formosa cemetery in São Paulo, Brazil.
Residents of a town in Cheshire, England, take part in a daily, socially distanced dancing and fitness event.
Orthodox Jewish men move a casket to a funeral home in New York.
A specialised bus, known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit, carries infected patients on stretchers and benches between hospitals in New York City.
Weekly applause to thank key workers for their work in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in London, England.
A nurse shouts support for fellow hospital staff during a celebration in Madrid, Spain.
A security guard patrols a makeshift morgue in London, England.
Wesley Ralston of Dodge City, Kansas, stands with protesters as they demand that businesses be allowed to open up.
Therapist Dr Shucaat Hashimov and nurse Aysel Aliyeva visit an elderly woman who lives alone and cannot leave her home in Baku, Azerbaijan.
South Koreans prepare for a socially-distanced insurance exam at Seokyeong University playground in Seoul, South Korea.
Pope Francis delivers a Sunday blessing from the window of his private library overlooking an empty St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City.
Memorials for those who died during the lockdown sit outside a church in Burton-on-Trent, England.


Photographs by: Yawar Nazir, Matthew Horwood, Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, Bay Ismoyo, Marco Longari, Alexis Huguet, Allison Joyce, Thomas Samson, Ishara.S.Kodikara, Ezra Acayan, Steve Sanchez, Paul Faith, Olga Maltseva, Francisco Macías, Clement Mahoudeau, Jose Sanchez, Pierre-Philippe Marcou, Nathan Laine,  Josep Lago, Luis Tato, Sai Aung Main, Alberto Pizzoli, Sebastian Enriquez, Juan Barreto, Mario Tama, Sean M. Haffey, Borja Sanchez-Trillo, Leon Neal, Chip Somodevilla, Christopher Furlong, Miguel Schincariol, John Moore, Aaref Watad, Justin Heiman, Noam Galai, Denis Doyle, Justin Setterfield, Jamie Squire, Aziz Karimov, Chung Sung-Jun,Marco Di Lauro

Getty Images, AFP, Bloomberg, Comunidad de Madrid, Pacific Press


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