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The statue of Freddie Mercury wearing a protective facemask, adorned with a message raising awareness against the spread of the COVID-19, Switzerland
The statue of Freddie Mercury wearing a protective facemask, adorned with a message raising awareness against the spread of the COVID-19, Switzerland   -   Copyright  Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

In pictures: How coronavirus is changing our daily routines

The new coronavirus has dominated life in Europe as governments here and around the world scramble to contain the pandemic.

Italy is the worst-hit country in the world, both in terms of the death toll and the number of cases per capita.

In a bid to stop the virus' spread, many Europeans are on near or total lockdown, including Italians, Spaniards, French and Belgians.

Our selection of images this week shows how the world has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Volunteer workers of Search and Rescue (SAR) disinfect another volunteer and a police car at Local Police station to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Pamplona, SpainAlvaro Barrientos/AP Photo
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A delivery man transports meat past closed stalls to the butcher's shop at a market in Rome.Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP
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A person is taken on a stretcher into the United Memorial Medical Center after going through testing for COVID-19 in HoustonDavid J. Phillip/AP PhotoDavid J. Phillip
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Rev. William A. Mentz wears a mask and gloves while distributing prepackaged communion to the faithful attending mass while sitting in their cars in a parking lot. USAChristopher Dolan/ The Scranton Times-Tribune via AP
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Communal workers clean and disinfect a sidewalk in front of residential buildings in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.Yuri DYACHYSHYN / AFP
Thibault Camus/AP Photo
A police officer walks in the empty Trocadero square, in Paris.Thibault Camus/AP Photo
Lynne Sladky/AP Photo
Empty chairs sit in Miami Beach, Florida.Lynne Sladky/AP Photo
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Two women observe social distancing measures as they speak to each other from park benches amidst the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, in the centre of York, northern EnglandOLI SCARFF/ AFP
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A hotel has switched on the light in a couple of rooms to form a heart in Frankfurt, Germany, after the German government spoke of more COVID-19 related restrictionsMichael Probst/AP Photo
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People wearing face masks as a precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak attend obligatory Friday prayers at a mosque in Surabaya, East Java, IndonesiaJUNI KRISWANTO / AFP
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Relatives of inmates of a jail in Santiago, Chile, clash with security forces outside the prison after prisoners attempted to escape amid panic over the spread of the COVID-19JAVIER TORRES/AFP
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Aerial view of an empty road at the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores in the Andes, Chile. President Pinera decreed the state of catastrophe over the coronavirus outbreakJAVIER TORRES/AFP
Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo
Ground crews of Japanese airlines wave the special “Tokyo 2020 Go” aircraft that departs virtually empty to transport the Olympic Flame from Greece to JapanEugene Hoshiko/AP Photo
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
Residents step on measured tape placed outside a supermarket to practice social distancing as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus in ManilaAaron Favila/AP Photo
Daniel Cole/AP Photo
Freshly cut soap bars are packed away at the Licorne soap factory in Marseille, France. Marseille's tradition of soap-making is enjoying a renaissance.Daniel Cole/AP Photo
Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo
Covid-Free Cupcakes with icing masks are on display in the Cheesecake House and Restaurant in Bangkok, ThailandSakchai Lalit/AP Photo
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Neighbours talk to each other from their balconies in ParisMARTIN BUREAU/AFP
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The Manhattan bridge is seen in the background of a flashing sign urging commuters to avoid gatherings, reduce crowding and to wash hands in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkWong Maye-E/AP Photo
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People applaud healthcare workers from their windows as a strict lockdown comes into effect in France to stop the spread of COVID-19MARTIN BUREAU/AFP

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