Women wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus walk past a billboard with a work by artist Mark Titchner in east London
Women wearing face masks to protect from coronavirus walk past a billboard with a work by artist Mark Titchner in east London Copyright Matt Dunham/AP Photo

This week in pictures: life under the spectre of coronavirus pandemic

By Natalia Liubchenkova
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Confinement lifestyle becomes new norm around the world. Check the 15 best images of this week


Social distancing and confinement measures are gradually becoming the new normal across the world, and the news was predictably dominated by the pandemic once again. Daily figures of infections, deaths, but not to forget recoveries, come at us continuously, as well as stories from the frontline and discussions over economic rescue measures.

These unprecedented changes to everyday living have had an impact on most areas of life including the natural world, art and faith. Moreover they are reflected in moments caught on camera from all over the world, showing humanity in one of its strangest periods in history.

However, one of the most fascinating events of the past week was not COVID-19 related. The "supermoon" phenomenon, which people were available to observe without breaking any confinement restrictions.

Scroll down for a selection of the best pictures from this week.

Michal Cizek / AFP
A street artist soars through the air as he jumps on a mobile trampoline to entertain residents as their movement remains restricted. Prague, Czech RepublicMichal Cizek / AFP
Mary Altaffer/AP Photo
Volunteers raise a tent while building a field hospital at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New YorkMary Altaffer/AP Photo
Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo
An employee of a cake shop prepares chocolate Easter bunnies with masks in Lykovrisi, northern Athens, GreeceThanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo
David Carson/AP Photo
The pink supermoon rises over St. Louis, USA. April's supermoon is the brightest and largest it will be for all of 2020.David Carson/AP Photo
A newborn baby wearing a face shield, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, ThailandLillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
Jorge Saenz/AP Photo
Birds reappear in the bay amid the lack of cars along the coastal highway due to a quarantine imposed to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Asuncion, Paraguay.Jorge Saenz/AP Photo
Ariana Cubillos/AP Photo
Devotees kneel as a statue of Jesus in a vehicle moves past during Holy Week celebrations in Caracas, VenezuelaAriana Cubillos/AP Photo
Ariel Schalit/AP Photo
The traditional Holy Thursday procession is taking place inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, without public attendance this year. The old city of JerusalemAriel Schalit/AP Photo
Jose Sanchez / AFP
People wearing protective suits sit accompanying a coffin on a truck near Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador amid the new coronavirus outbreak.Jose Sanchez / AFP
A man walks through a disinfection chamber set up as a preventive measure amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 in front of a hospital in Mitrovica, KosovoArmend NIMANI / AFP
John Minchillo/AP Photo
Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, in the Bronx borough of New York.John Minchillo/AP Photo
A resident using an improvised face shield made from a plastic water tank to protect him from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic walks in his neighbourhood in ManilaTED ALJIBE/AFP
Cinema goers are sitting in their cars parked at a drive-in cinema in Marl - it is one of the few entertainments allowed due to the strict confinement measures in GermanyIna FASSBENDER / AFP
Rahmat Gul/AP Photo
Workers cover themselves with a plastic sheet in the rain as they wait for customers in Kabul, AfghanistanRahmat Gul/AP Photo
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