Week in pictures: 16-22 May 2020


A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week, as people react to the spread of the coronavirus.

image copyrightDenis Balibouse / REUTERS
image captionParalympic athlete Sofia Gonzalez trains in her garden during the outbreak of Covid-19 in Jongny, Switzerland.
image copyrightRupak De Chowdhuri / REUTERS
image captionA woman carries her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain, following their evacuation before Cyclone Amphan reached Kolkata, India. The city was devastated by the powerful cyclone, which caused loss of life in India and Bangladesh.
image copyrightMarco Bello / Reuters
image captionA man gets a haircut in a barber shop, as some of the coronavirus lockdown measures are eased in Miami, Florida.
image copyrightBrendan Smialowski / AFP
image captionIn the White House, US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask after President Donald Trump spoke about the US food supply.
image copyrightAntara Foto/Aji Styawan/ via REUTERS
image captionPeople pray between plastic separation curtains to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Semarang, Central Java Province, Indonesia.
image copyrightIssei Kato / REUTERS
image captionA man is sprayed with disinfecting hypochlorous acid water at the entrance of Kichiri Shinjuku, a Japanese-style pub known as an "izakaya", in Tokyo.
image copyrightWakil Kohsar / AFP
image captionWorkers prepare bolani (fried flat bread stuffed with potatoes) at a roadside stall in Kabul, Afghanistan. The preparations come ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival on 23 May, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
image copyrightAdnan Abidi / REUTERS
image captionA woman and her baby wait for a bus to take them to a railway station to board a train to their home state of Uttar Pradesh. There's been a limited reopening of India's rail network following a nearly seven-week lockdown.
image copyrightJorge Uzon / AFP
image captionCarolyn Ellis hugs her mother Susan Watts using the "hug glove" that Carolyn and her husband created as a Mother's Day gift, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Made from a plastic sheet attached to a washing line, the hug glove allows Susan to embrace her mother while avoiding direct contact.
image copyrightKirsty O'Connor / PA
image captionA woman sunbathes on a deck chair in Greenwich Park, London, after the introduction of measures to bring England out of lockdown. The country recorded its hottest day of the year so far on 20 May, with temperatures reaching 28.2C (83F) in Santon Downham, Suffolk.

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