Budsuren Uyanga, left, 15, and Bilguun-Orshikh Dagvasambuu, 14, demonstrate taekwondo in Dalanzadgad, a soum in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The Federation of Olympic Taekwondo was established in Umnugovi in July this year. Adolescent athletes from Ulaanbaatar’s Nuudelchin Taekwondo Club came to Umnugovi and organized a two-day taekwondo demonstration for the launch of the Federation.
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.
Livier Poblete Gutiérrez anoints Edna Carime Abad Delgado, left, with smoke before she enters a temazcal, or sweat lodge, in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. In this neighborhood, Emperador Cuauhtémoc, healing temazcales are held frequently. Carime Abad Delgado says the ancestral ritual can improve the immune system.
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.
The artists known as Line Marker, left, and Notek adhere an image to a wall in downtown Oaxaca, Mexico. Line Marker chose Benito Juárez for the image to provoke humor and represent strength in these difficult times. “In Mexican history, Juárez symbolizes the determined struggle against invasion,” Line Marker says. “It’s the same now: the invasion of a virus that evolved and is generating fear in its wake.”
Joel Espinoza Román, 17, left, and Aída Lucero Hernández, 32, clean and paint the metal used to assemble a market stand in Mexico City, Mexico. The pair construct, maintain and disassemble stands throughout the city for people who operate the temporary markets during the day but need them taken down overnight.
Chantal Monter cuts Eduardo Chávez’s hair at her salon, Zynadeyu Barbería, in Tecámac, State of Mexico. Since the federal government has allowed some nonessential businesses to open, she decided to open back up and follow the suggested hygiene measures: She wears a face mask, uses antibacterial gel, allows no more than two people in at a time and only accepts clients by appointment.
Micaela Elizabeth Gordillo Vázquez fills bottles with hand sanitizer at Tequio, a hand sanitizer factory in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Most of the hand sanitizer produced at the factory is sold at a reduced cost in the city or donated to indigenous communities who lack running water for handwashing.
Fitness instructor Wendy Lechuga leads, from left, Nataly Rojas, Angélica Rosas, Marlene Salcedo and Renata Herrera in exercises at a basketball court in Tecámac, State of Mexico. The group asked Lechuga for help exercising during the voluntary quarantine. “We looked for a large place where there wouldn’t be any people, so we could keep a distance of 1.5 meters between each of us,” Herrera says.
From left, Navaneethan Yavinsan, 11, Anandarasa Anandavisahan, 11, Sinharasa Siyanth, 17, and Chandran Kisanth, 12, fly a homemade kite in Karaikal, a village in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. They say that since evening classes were canceled due to the coronavirus, they spend their leisure time flying kites.
Carlos Verdín, a volunteer, rests after preparing approximately 400 meals at Vrindavan Deli, a restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico. During the pandemic, volunteers from different religions joined together to distribute meals to migrants, people without homes and others in need. Doctors and nurses at the Red Cross and Civil Hospital of Guadalajara have also received meals.
From left, Narantsogt Gombosuren, Enkhmanlai Erdenebat and Bat-Erdene Narantsogt build a ger, or Mongolian yurt, at the Gombosuren family’s summer camp in Orkhon district, in northern Mongolia’s Bulgan province. Herder families lead nomadic lives in the countryside as they herd cattle to different seasonal camps throughout the year.
Ciresthel Bello Ríos, a doctor at the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, conducts a COVID-19 test on Marco Antonio Espinoza Cortés at a medical station, which was installed at a kiosk in Francisco Granados Maldonado Park in Chilpancingo, a city in Guerrero, Mexico. Espinoza said he had some COVID-19 symptoms and that some of his friends have died from the virus, which is why he came to do the test.
Odgerel Bayasgalan, 20, tapes the walls of the sports hall at General Education School No. 11 to paint a mural about the love and protection of nature in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia closed its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but local tourism increases over the summer.
Erdenetsogt Davaajav cooks mutton shashlik, a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat, during Naadam, a national festival in Mongolia. During the festival, people visit the Central Stadium in Erdenet, a city in northern Mongolia, to watch wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and horse racing. People also enjoy traditional foods, such as shashlik, airag (fermented mare’s milk) and khuushuur (a meat pastry or dumpling).
Ivan Pulido, right, and Sergio Nájera, get ready for a live, socially distanced show with the dance company México de Colores. The show is part of the event “Contigo a la distancia” at the Shakespeare Forum in downtown Mexico City. “Every rehearsal, every show, every chance we get to step onstage is a kind of magic that can only be lived by being there,” Pulido says.
Battsetseg Sharavjamts waters vegetables in her greenhouse in Orkhon, a soum in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. Battsetseg has grown vegetables at home for five years and uses them to feed her husband and three children.
Ángel Nájera Herrera sells sweet bread from a cart in San Jerónimo, a neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico. Nájera Herrera, 22, has sold bread, coffee and sandwiches from his cart for four years. He says his business has dropped off in recent weeks: On this day, he says, he only sold two coffees instead of the 40 or 50 he would usually sell before. The bread, however, is still popular.
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.
Woodly Caymitte, 27, works on a sculpture of George Floyd in Carrefour Feuilles, Haiti. “In Haiti, many have expressed their indignation at this tragedy, but as the first revolutionary and independent black people who put an end to slavery, it is important to immortalize this character who is changing the world,” Caymitte says.
Fidel Chapa Molina replaces tiles on the front of a clothing and shoe store in downtown Chilpancingo, a city in Guerrero, Mexico. For Chapa, isolating to avoid the coronavirus isn’t an option: He has to work daily to maintain his household. “If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, hunger will,” Chapa says. “The government just says ‘stay home,’ but they don’t understand our needs.”
Sharellie Vega passes ice cream to Juan Rivera, in black face mask, and Estefanie Figueras at Heladería Georgetti, an ice cream shop in Río Piedras, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Until recently, customers couldn’t enter the shop due to the coronavirus, but the business stayed open by using a side gate as a service window.