Coronavirus: Easter celebrations continue under lockdown

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Christians around the world have continued with Easter celebrations, experimenting with new forms of worship as many countries stay under lockdown.

Some clergy have been preaching to cameras in empty churches as their congregation watch services online this Easter Saturday.

But in other countries traditions continued as normal, ignoring calls for tougher restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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image captionWorshippers gathered at a graveyard in Herasti, Romania, as part of traditional Orthodox celebrations on Saturday.
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image captionLike many around the globe, this church in Quezon City, the Philippines, streamed its Easter Sunday service online.
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image captionWith lockdown measures in place, many Christians watched services from their homes - including this family in Melbourne, Australia.
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image captionPastors wore masks during Sunday worship at a church in the South Korean capital Seoul.
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image captionBut in Belarus the government has ignored calls to impose stricter measures, prompting worshippers to attend a ceremony as normal at this Catholic church in Dvorets.
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image captionMeanwhile social distancing rules are in place across areas of Germany. Clergy at a church in Oberhausen held their service in front of portraits of those unable to attend.
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image captionA drive-through Easter event was also organised by a church in the US state of Massachusetts, where children dressed as chicks and rabbits.
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image captionIn the Polish town of Zakopane, a priest sprinkled holy water on worshippers while driving by on a horse-drawn cart.
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image captionThis priest gave blessings from the back of a van in the Chilean capital, Santiago.

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