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Launched WEDNESDAY March 18, 2020 on www.zReportage.com Story #728: The coronavirus pandemic changes life as we know it, globally almost 200,000 people have the disease and the death toll is climbing towards 8,000. The outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 150 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named 'SARS-CoV-2' and the disease it causes has been named 'coronavirus disease 2019' (abbreviated COVID-19). All 50 states in the US now have confirmed cases. The European Union has closed its borders for 30 days. Millions across the world have been put under lockdown. Governments are pumping huge sums of stimulus funds into their economies to keep industries from collapsing. These images are from ZUMA Press photographers covering the outbreak around the world.
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Tourists using face masks in Times Square. Empty NYC streets reflect new coronavirus reality.
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Iranians wearing face masks walk past a mosque in Tehran. According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, at least 139 people diagnosed with coronavirus COVID-19 in the country and 19 people have died in Iran. Iran's government rejected claims of a much higher death toll of 50 by a lawmaker from the city of Qom that has been at the epicenter of the virus in the country. The name of the Mosque featured is ''Imamzadeh Saleh's mausoleum'' or ''shrine of Saint Saleh''. The mosque is located at Tajrish Square in Tehran's northern Shemiran district.
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A woman wearing a face mask checks her phone, while passing a sign for the Tokyo Marathon 2020. Many people who are visiting Tokyo wear protective masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many of these people visit Japan as they had previous plans, to participating various events such as the Tokyo 2020 marathon which was canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 infection.
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A normally packed Aragon Street is unusually quiet as Spain enters a state of alert and imposes a nationwide curfew for unjustified usage of the public space for at least 15 days after a somehow light-hearted initial approach to halt the virus. Actually, it faces the fastest spreading contagion in Europe.
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A man wears a medical mask while listening to music on his mobile phone at Merdeka street area in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province. The Indonesian government confirmed its first cases of the coronavirus.
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A man wearing a surgical mask prays by himself in the vestibule of a Catholic church. The Des Moines diocese announced that Catholics were ''relieved of the Sunday Mass obligation'' because of fears over the Coronavirus. Most churches in the Des Moines area canceled their Sunday services or switched to an online service this week. Those churches that conducted Sunday services imposed ''social distancing'' guidelines, including no physical contact, and had significantly lower attendance.
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Firefighter teams with protective suits disinfect the Tajrish Bazaar as a precaution to the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Tehran, Iran. Iranian officials cancelled Friday prayer for the second week due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19. According to the last report by the Ministry of Health, there are 4,747 COVID-19 cases in Iran. 147 people have died so far. A Health Ministry spokesman warned authorities could use unspecified 'force' to halt travel between major cities.
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A woman wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus prays during the ninth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami at the Peace on Earth memorial ceremony in Hibiya Park. 2020 brings the ninth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disaster that killed thousands and led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis. This year the Japanese government canceled its national memorial ceremony for the victims due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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Coronavirus Decontamination Crew cleans the areas surrounding the Grand Princess Cruise Ship under quarantine.
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Coronavirus Decontamination crew member in full hazmat gear walks along the Port of Oakland returning to the Grand Princess Cruise Ship at sunset.
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Medical team member checking body temperature and reminds people to use hand sanitizer at a mall in Alam Sutera, South Tangerang. Indonesia confirmed with 34 positive case and 1 death from the coronavirus COVID-19 infection.
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Medics and nurses wearing masks and hazmat suits treat patients infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19, at Sina hospital in southern Tehran, Iran. According to the last report by the Ministry of Health, 10,075 people were diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus and 429 people have died in Iran.
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People wear protective respiratory masks outside the Coliseum. The Italian Government has adopted the measure of a national lockout by closing all activities, except for essential services in an attempt to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19). All the city, as all the whole country, is under quarantine and the movement are restricted to the necessary.
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General Manager ROB METZ holds bottles of Coronavirus Cocktail, a limited edition lime-orange specialty soda produced by Avery's Beverages. Avery's has been in business since 1904, and makes soda in more than 35 flavors. They also produce a line of ''Totally Gross Sodas'' like Bug Barf, Toxic Slime, Monster Mucus and Zombie Brain Juice. Avery also makes limited edition sodas relating to things in the news. Past hits include So Long Osama, Deflated Ball Brew relating to the National Football League, and more recently Peach-Mint Soda featuring Donald Trump on the label.
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A woman wearing a protective face mask walks Las Ramblas. The Spanish government declared a state of alarm. The measure will allow the authorities to limit the movement of citizens and to ration the use of services in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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People wearing protective suits dance as they take part in a flashmob against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a street in central Kiev. Ukraine will close the border for foreigners for two weeks to help prevent the coronavirus spread.
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President Donald Trump takes questions from the media during a press conference in The Rose Garden of The White House. The President announced he is declaring a state of emergency for the nation due to the coronavirus threat.
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The state's first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center in New Rochelle. The mobile testing center, test up to 200 people today, growing to up to 500 people per day.
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Resident searching for chicken and turkey, hoping to find one package left. Empty shelves at a Publix Supermarket north of Atlanta, after a massive panic-buying crowd swarmed the store to stockpile groceries and bath tissue, fearing long weeks in self-imposed isolation because of the spreading coronavirus threat.
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A family wearing face masks listen to prayer rituals by Buddhist nuns for the victims affected with coronavirus COVID-19 at the Boudhanath Stupa.
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A health worker wearing protective gear at quarantine rooms for infectious diseases at a hospital in Lhokseumawe, Aceh. Indonesian government confirmed the first case of coronavirus, that two Indonesians were positively infected by the corona virus by a foreign traveler and they are now being treated at the Sulianti Sarosa hospital in Jakarta. Around 100 hospitals were prepared by the Indonesian government in a number of provinces with International standard equipment to anticipate the coronavirus after two Indonesian people were reported to be positive affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus.
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Patients are moved from Daegu medical center in the western city of Daegu. South Korea reported 476 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of infections here to 4,212, as the nation provides an ''all-out response'' to the fast-spreading virus that includes a massive testing program.
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Las Vegas goes dark, as MGM Resorts International hotels and casinos, along the Las Vegas Strip flash messages on their marquees that read ''Nothing is more important to us than your health, well-being and safety. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.''
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Las Vegas goes dark, as slot machines are seen shut down inside the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts will close their Las Vegas properties as of March 17 in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Army soldiers clean due to the Coronavirus. The Second Emergency Response Battalion arrived with 24 vehicles and deployed through the airport.
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People wear protective masks during fears of a new coronavirus outbreak when passengers arrive at the train station in Medan. Indonesian President Widodo urges people to stay at home with ''social distancing'' to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Indonesian officials have so far confirmed 134 cases of the coronavirus in the country with at least 5 deaths recorded.
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A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-600 (C-GWCQ) passenger jet lands at sunset, Vancouver International Airport, Richmond. Earlier in the day the Canadian Government, in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, announced that the nation's borders would be closed starting Wednesday, to all travelers other than Canadian citizens and permanent residents, U.S. citizens, and diplomats and essential workers.
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A woman using a surgical mask in Time Square, Manhattan. New York City completely empty during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Tables and chairs sit empty at a cafe in Times Square following the announcement of Corona Virus Covid-19 in New York.
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The NAKED COWBOY wearing a face mask while performing in Times Square.
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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge traffic is much lighter due to the 'shelter in place' mandate in San Francisco Bay area.
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Customers from China Mainland outside European Brand Boutique FENDI. Shoppers from China Mainland are slowly returning to Hong Kong prior to the resuming of direct flights from Wuhan, China (where Covid-19 originated). Flights are planned to resume 1st of April in spite that the threat of Coronavirus infection in Hong Kong remain serious showing no sign of dissipation.
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A South Korea-Military disinfecting staff member waits to check vehicles at COVID19 drive through check post in Daegu. South Korea recorded daily new infections of the new coronavirus in the double digits for the third straight day, but the daily tally in Seoul and neighboring areas surpassed that in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the two epicenters of the fast-spreading virus.
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A Sri Lankan worker sprays wearing protective gear spray disinfectant Inside a train at Dematagoda railway yard in Colombo. The Sri Lankan government declared March 17 to 19 public holiday following the rapid rise of coronavirus positive cases in the country.
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A near-empty Grand Central station at rush hour in New York City during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Melbourne, Australia: A frustrated man trying to buy toilet paper in an Australian supermarket after panic buying due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
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St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome, deserted, with only a few people with masks against the coronavirus pandemic. Only police and military. Pope Francis makes his Wednesday general audience via tv streaming.
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A general view of the quarantine zone during a demonstration to prepare over concerns of coronavirus COVID-19 disease spread at a quarantine zone inside the Army headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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City workers wearing facemasks walk in the streets of Rome. The Italian Government has adopted the measure of a national lockout by closing all activities, except for essential services in an attempt to fight Coronavirus (COVID-19). The city, as is the whole country, under strict quarantine.
© Matteo Trevisan/ZUMA Wire
Traders work on the floor at the closing bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange.
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