Bienvenu Lopata, 28, a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Kisangani, studies in Motumbe, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lopata’s classes have been suspended due to the coronavirus, so he spends his time studying the subjects he learned before the lockdown took effect.
Kanyere Denise, left, and Kavira Nzanzu make face masks at a tailor shop in the main shopping area of Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. While health care workers have encouraged people to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there have been few masks available. These seamstresses started making masks to help the local population, and each seamstress can make between 30 and 50 masks per day.
Nigel Sana, 16, digs a well in Harare, Zimbabwe. This neighborhood does not have access to city water, so residents rely on makeshift wells like this one. Sana is a student, but with many schools closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, he is digging this well to earn extra income.
Brian Waniboth, behind the easel, and his nephew Brighten Jakisa paint outside Waniboth’s home in Uganda’s Wakiso district. They are painting prominent Ugandans, including Bobi Wine, to sell as the country heads toward a presidential election in 2021.
Regai Madzingo, carrying her son Joel Hwingwiri, weaves mats at her home in Harare, Zimbabwe. She used to sell vegetables in town, but she started to weave mats to survive during the coronavirus lockdown.
Priscah Ndlovu, a nail artist, shapes Perfect Zinyemba’s new artificial nails in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. For several weeks, salons in Zimbabwe were closed due to the coronavirus, but regulations have been relaxed across the country, allowing salons to reopen.
Robin Lubangakene gives hand sanitizer to Herbert Ocailap as Paul Mugaga records passenger details at the bus park in Gulu, Uganda. Since the country eased its lockdown, public transport has been allowed to resume, as long as operators follow procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These include social distancing, limiting the number of passengers, checking temperatures and hand sanitizing. They also record passenger details, to contact them if anybody on board tests positive.
Mireille Busombolo, a 29-year-old housewife, cooks at her home in Kabondo, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She wears a mask, even inside her own home, to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
From left, Sublime Gbwema, 4; Mastro Ngongo, 6; Ephrahim Gbwema, 11; and Jacque Fumu, 11, entertain themselves near their homes in Meteo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Public institutions, including schools, have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leaving children with plenty of time to play.
Nonde Kapembwa, a firefighter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, disinfects Bauleni Market while a colleague Richard Mulenga helps him carry the hose. The government has started disinfecting normally crowded areas to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Evelyn Alwoch teaches her daughters, from left, Teopista Namara and Afwoyo Rwot, 4, at their home in Kisaasi, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Schools in Uganda have been closed since March 20 due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Mugula Desire, 2, and Kigozi Malcom, 4, splash in water coming out of a damaged pipe in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been under a nationwide curfew since the end of March, and transportation has been banned due to the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these restrictions, no one has been able to fix the pipe.
Keith Ndaaga, 6, sprays his sister, Namukisa Courtney, 8, before she enters their house in Kyebando village, in Uganda’s Wakiso district, after a shopping trip. Keith’s father gave him the responsibility of spraying anyone entering their house to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Shoppers line up outside a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in late March to do some last-minute shopping before lockdown. The Zimbabwean government has restricted nonessential movements nationwide until at least May 4, and the spread of the coronavirus has led to social distancing measures, like those seen in the line.
Mubale Benjamin, left, debates his next move while playing the board game Luddo with friends in Kampala, Uganda. Also pictured, from left, are Ariho Thomas, Mukwaya Jovan, Kasirye Michael and Sesanga Fasial. The Ugandan government has closed all schools in the country until at least May 5th due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving students without a place to spend their days.
Hairdresser Joram Amis makes a clip-on hair weave using hair extensions in Zambia’s Mtendere township. Amis says fewer people visit his salon due to the coronavirus outbreak, but his reusable clip-on hair weaves are now in demand.
Lewis Mashonga, in the red jersey, and his friend, Kapalo Musonda, in the gray shirt, buy secondhand clothing in Lusaka’s city center. They will later resell the clothing for a higher price. Zambian Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has warned that overcrowded markets can lead to the spread of the coronavirus. Mashonga says the risk of coronavirus transmission is the least of his problems because he cannot afford to be home without any income.
Vivian Chisenga sweeps a road near Mtendere Market in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Local Government Minister Charles Banda ordered a weekly cleanup of all markets to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.
Zivanai Bimha washes his hands at a temporary washing station in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council, in partnership with local company Ecosure, installed the basins in busy parts of the capital to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.