Lemanuel Colón ties a lure to his fishing pole on Playa Bramadero, a beach in Mayagüez county, Puerto Rico. Colón says that because his class and work were canceled as a result of the coronavirus, he’s decided to learn something new with his friend, Josecarlo Rivera. “It’s our first time trying to fish, to learn something different,” Colón says. “We’re helping each other, giving each other a hand.”
Gerelmaa Chuluun, 75, exits an underground pedestrian tunnel on her way home from Darkhan Market in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Traffic near the market caused a number of accidents involving pedestrians, so the city built an underground tunnel to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.
José Ernesto Ávalos Pardo, commander of the 35th military zone, serves Lucía Alcocer, left, at a soup kitchen in Chilpancingo, a city in Mexico’s Guerrero state. The state government set up the soup kitchen to feed those in need during the coronavirus crisis.
Amarbayasgalan Byambajav trims a tree into a heart shape in Erdenet, a city in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. Every summer, employees in the Department of Gardening and Horticulture reshape the trees in the city center.
Nasanbayar Ser-Od, a public-utility employee in Darkhan-Uul province, paints the Swing Bridge in Darkhan, Mongolia. Normally, workers finish improvement projects before June 1 each year, in time for the local Mother and Children’s Day celebrations. This year, the celebration was canceled due to the coronavirus, but workers still completed the improvement projects.
Janaga Baatar, 13, lights a candle at Gandanchoimzadlin Monastery, a temple in the Baruun Saikhan Mountains in southern Mongolia. Janaga says he has come to the monastery daily for three years to chant Buddhist teachings during his breaks from school.
Bianca Rodríguez holds a cardboard sign that reads “university students only” at an entrance to the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where students can claim free boxes of food. Employees and volunteers from the Deanery of Graduate Studies and Research, the Rio Piedras Urban, Community and Business Action Center and Mesón de Amor, a community project, have distributed the boxes once a week for six weeks to help students who have been economically affected by the coronavirus.
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.
Erick Martínez Pérez, 40, and other workers from the health department’s vector control program disinfect the park outside Iglesia de San Francisco, a church in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. As a preventive measure during the coronavirus health crisis, the San Cristóbal de las Casas City Council and health department coordinated an urban sanitation campaign in the city’s public spaces.
Dentist Chuluunchimeg Tuul treats Khuslent Bayarsaikhan, 12, in Bayandalai, a town in southern Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. There is no dentist in Bayandalai, so people usually travel 86 kilometers (53 miles) to visit a dental clinic in the province’s capital, Dalanzadgad. This year, doctors and nurses in the Healthy Dent program visited Bayandalai for four days to provide free dental treatment for children in first to fifth grade.
Allan Christian Covarrubias, a parish priest at Natividad de la Virgen María, a church in Tecámac, Mexico, gives Sunday Mass via livestream. Religious events have been canceled in Mexico since March 30, along with other public gatherings, due to the coronavirus. Religious events were allowed to resume on May 31, but due to limitations on the number of people able to gather, the online services have continued at Natividad de la Virgen María.
Volunteer Gantugs Namnansuren hands a care package to Jargaltsetseg Nandintsetseg, 12, and Khurelchuluun Batsukh in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. People in Need, an international nonprofit, donated packages to 350 low-income households as part of a campaign to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
People attend the launch of campaigns for the regular parliamentary election of the Mongolian State Great Khural (Parliament) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The election will be held on June 24, 2020, so the government of Mongolia adopted regulations for campaign activities. They include moving many activities online, cleaning and disinfecting areas where gatherings will be held, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) between attendees, avoiding physical touch, and wearing face masks.
Irene Colín, back left, and Saúl Rojas help their children, Héctor Rojas, left, 6, and Sophie Rojas, 8, with their school assignments and music education at their home in San Pedro Atzompa, a town in the State of Mexico. Schools in Mexico have been closed since March 20 due to the spread of the coronavirus. While confinement is not mandatory throughout the country, many families have respected and embraced confinement, keeping themselves safe at home.
Daniel Pérez packs bags of food provisions in Puebla, Mexico. The Fresh Food Basket includes 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of Manila mangoes, cucumbers, seedless limes, onion and a pineapple for 100 Mexican pesos ($4.47). The collective Enfermos Renales y Trasplantados Puebla organized their network of volunteers to sell fruits and vegetables from producers in Veracruz at markdowns, so low-budget households can access them.
Demonstrators march against police abuse in downtown Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Mexico. The protest concluded in front of the government palace. The Jalisco government mobilized the police force to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many came to protest the police’s excessive force, especially following the death of Giovanni López, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing a face mask.
Alma Soto stands in front of Tacos Lupe in Tecámac, in the State of Mexico. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the taqueria has stopped allowing dine-in customers, made customers apply antibacterial gel at the entrance and required face masks. The shop also placed markers to indicate where people should wait for their orders, so they won’t stand too close together.
Tsengel Tseveen, an employee at Mandalt Construction, replaces gym flooring at the Polytechnical College of Umnugovi province in southern Mongolia. Many institutions are making repairs while they’re closed due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Alicia Covarrubias, 73, has owned her market in Tecámac, a municipality in Mexico, for 40 years. She has never experienced anything like the coronavirus situation. She decided not to close her store because it is how she earns her living and opted instead to prevent infection by keeping people at a safe distance. She is worried because a neighbor recently died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. “It’s a difficult situation, but we have to take care of ourselves and keep going,” Covarrubias says.
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.
Fernando Urzúa distributes water bills in downtown Mexico City, Mexico. Urzúa usually investigates reports of leaks but has been filling in for a colleague at high risk for contracting the coronavirus. “It’s uncomfortable but safe,” Urzúa says of the face mask and goggles his employer gave him to protect himself. “It does scare me to go out, but when I get home, I take off all my clothes, I put it in a plastic bag and I bathe. We have to follow the hygiene measures that the government of Mexico City has implemented.”
Gankhuyag Jambaninj is a teacher at Kindergarten No. 5 in Erdenebulgan, an area in northern Mongolia’s Arkhangai province. Even though the kindergarten has been closed since late January due to the coronavirus, teachers are preparing for students to return in September. “Children miss their kindergarten very much,” Gankhuyag says, “so everything should be colorful and clean when they return.”