In April, masks appeared on the statues of children in Fuente de los Muñecos, a fountain in Puebla, Mexico. The statues are the source of a local legend, and some neighbors claim to have seen and heard the children come alive at night. Residents hope the community follows the statues’ example and wears a mask in public to slow 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.
Burmaa Ishjamts, an employee at the public transport company Elite Development Co. Ltd., disinfects and wipes a bus in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. The company tasked its employees with cleaning its buses at least once every two hours due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Altangerel Narandulam paints the Central Hospital children’s ward in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia, while the space is vacant. The ward was one of the locations used to monitor and isolate travelers who arrived from foreign countries. Mongolia was one of the first countries to take precautions against the spread of the coronavirus.
A sanitation drone helps prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the Hospital de la Madre y el Niño Guerrerense in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. Abraham Jiménez Montiel, the municipal health minister, said these same sanitation procedures were performed in other hospitals as well.
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.
Employees from the Emergency Management Agency of Darkhan-Uul province disinfect streets in Darkhan soum. (A soum is a Mongolian administrative division within the provinces, similar to a district or county.) Employees will continue to disinfect public roads in Darkhan weekly through the end of April.
Hand-washing stations started popping up in downtown Chihuahua in early March. The stations, distributed by the municipal government of the capital city, come with step-by-step instructions on hand-washing practices to kill germs and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Irmuun Bayanmunkh, 7, waits for his horse to be saddled in Mongolia’s Tuv province. Irmuun is learning to ride horses at his uncle’s house while schools are shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus. In late January, Mongolia was one of the first countries to secure borders and close schools.
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.
Kanthasamy Satheeskaran, left, and Nadarasa Pratheepan, right, sell vegetables in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has imposed a strict lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but Satheeskaran and Pratheepan were given permission by local officials to sell vegetables door to door.
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.
Guillermo Hernández Pinto, a parish priest in San Cristóbal de las Casas, blesses a palm frond held by Marco Antonio Martínez on Palm Sunday. Ordinarily, the Chiapas city would hold a traditional Mass and procession of worshippers through the streets for the religious holiday, but the tradition was changed this year due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of marching, the parish priest rode to different neighborhoods in a pickup truck, blessing water, pictures and palm fronds along the way.
Archer Paulain, right, washes his hands before entering COMPAS supermarket in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The supermarket provides foam soap and water to encourage customers to wash their hands and prevent, as much as possible, contamination of other customers, employees and products, explains Rolandy Seide, the store manager.
Workers from the Mayor’s Office load an abandoned car frame onto a truck in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Umnugovi province. Baatar Janchiv, head of the Mayor’s Office, says they have been spraying public spaces with chemical cleaners since the spread of the coronavirus in neighboring China. The workers also pick up and disinfect garbage, like this car.
Khatantuul Bat-Ochir sews cotton face masks to sell to pharmacies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Mongolian Ministry of Health recommends citizens wear face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. After facing a shortage of disposable masks, the government set standards for cotton masks, allowing seamstresses around the country to sew masks and supply them to pharmacies.
Epanesan Niviya stitches face masks to sell in Kondavil, Jaffna. Nivya works as a seamstress, but the curfew imposed by the Sri Lankan government due to the coronavirus has halted her normal business. Nivya says she sews 30 to 40 face masks per day and sells them for 100 Sri Lankan rupees (53 cents) each.
Munkh-Od Oyun, right, delivers books to Baigalmaa Gunsmaa in Erdenet, Mongolia. Munkh-Od started selling books online shortly after the Mongolian government instituted coronavirus prevention measures in January. Since then, she has sold more than 300 books.
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.
Jonel Saint Jean washes his hands at a public tap in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The mayor’s office has installed about 40 water towers and nearly 1,000 water buckets at key points in the capital to encourage hand-washing and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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.
Khulan Tserennadmid, 9, takes notes as she watches a televised lesson for third graders titled “Humans and Environment” at her home in Murun, the center of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. Kindergarten and school activities at all levels are suspended, so the government has shifted to teaching lessons online and via television.