April 30, 2020 / 12:55 PM / a month ago

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A Muslim boy wearing a protective face mask looks from his home near a closed mosque on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Below are some engaging stories selected by our editors, as well as explanatory context and background on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hello, social distancing. Goodbye, handshakes?

LOS ANGELES, April 28 - It started centuries ago as a symbol of peace, a gesture to prove you weren’t holding a weapon, and over time it became part of almost every social, religious, professional, business and sporting exchange. 

Parking lot prayers: Muslims in Jaffa and Jerusalem improvise for Ramadan

JAFFA, April 28 - Shortly after sunset, Muslims in the ancient Israeli port city of Jaffa filed quietly into an empty parking lot for Ramadan prayers, after the coronavirus outbreak forced mosques to close in Israel and the Palestinian territories. 

Parallel lives: Twin-brother ER doctors fight COVID-19 in New York, Miami

NEW YORK, April 29 - Emergency room doctor Michael D’Urso has had some bleak days on the front lines of New York City’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic. His identical twin brother plays the same role in a Miami emergency room.

Coronavirus mutes Pakistan's TV game shows over Ramadan

April 29 - In normal times, Pakistanis hungry for entertainment during the fasting month of Ramadan would avidly watch television game shows as contestants, urged on by rowdy studio audiences, compete for lavish prizes. But this is not a normal time. 

Locked in under lockdown: "we can't complain", say pals stuck in pub

LONDON, April 29 - If you are going to be stuck under lockdown, there are worse places to end up than a spacious pub with free beer on tap. 

 Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector

CHICAGO, April 28 - With the pandemic hobbling the meat-packing industry, Iowa farmer Al Van Beek had nowhere to ship his full-grown pigs to make room for the 7,500 piglets he expected from his breeding operation. The crisis forced a decision that still troubles him: He ordered his employees to give injections to the pregnant sows, one by one, that would cause them to abort their baby pigs. 

In Italy, four generations survive a coronavirus lockdown

ROME, April 28 - Even in Italy, where extended family relations run deep, Marzio Toniolo’s tale of a coronavirus lockdown is unusual - four generations cooped up in one house. 

 Gourmet meals in jars a hit in lockdown Moscow

    MOSCOW, April 29 - A delivery service that provides the apartment-bound residents of Moscow with restaurant-quality ready meals squeezed into glass jars amid the coronavirus lockdown is expanding to keep pace with increasing demand, its founder said.

 Singapore's 'hooligan cook' offers free meals for needy during virus lockdown

SINGAPORE, April 29 - As food stalls around him have closed during the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore, 28-year-old cook Jason Chua has vowed to stay open for the many that now depend on him. 

 UNDERSTANDING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS:

The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS

THE MEDICAL RACE

The Lifeline Pipeline: the drugs, tests and tactics that may conquer coronavirus 

Ventilators: A bridge between life and death 

EXPLAINER-Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?

EXPLAINER-What are coronavirus antibody tests?

EXPLAINER-Who's WHO? The World Health Organization under scrutiny

EXPLAINER-Why are some S.Koreans who recovered from the coronavirus testing positive again?

FACTBOX-Global pharma industry steps up efforts to battle coronavirus

FACTBOX-Coronavirus hit drugmakers as clinical trials delayed

Coronavirus and COVID-19: Fact versus fiction

A woman wearing a protective mask rides a tram amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Brussels, Belgium April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

LIVING THE NEW NORMAL

The last places on earth without coronavirus 

How to construct a face mask 

Tracing COVID-19: Using technology to track the contagion 

The Apocaloptimist's Manifesto 

A breath of fresh air: How air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis 

Don't hoard: A calculator to help you figure out how long your food will last you while under quarantine 

Livestream Calendar: A Global Guide to Virtual Events 

Sheltering in small places: Tokyo's cramped homes 

Coronavirus lockdown in Europe 

The social distancing of America 

FACTBOX-Trump's coronavirus reopening guidelines

EXPLAINER-How Trump has sealed off the United States during coronavirus outbreak

EXPLAINER-Zoom bombs make choosing video apps harder for lockdown chats

A man wears a protective mask as he walks on Wall Street during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, New York, U.S., March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

America's pandemic safety net 

FACTBOX-U.S. companies lay out plans for employees amid coronavirus pandemic

FACTBOX-Businesses signal earnings hit as coronavirus takes a toll

FACTBOX-Layoffs in corporate Australia and New Zealand due to coronavirus

EXPLAINER-What we know of EU Commission's post-coronavirus economic recovery plan

FACTBOX-Global central bank response to the coronavirus outbreak

EXPLAINER-How the U.S. could use taxpayer dollars to save oil and energy companies

FACTBOX-U.S. states, cities forecast deep revenue hit from coronavirus outbreak

TRACKING THE DISEASE

Global tracker 

U.S. tracker 

Track COVID-19 in your country 

How COVID-19 deaths multiplied across countries as the pandemic spread 

How the coronavirus hitched a ride through China 

The Korean clusters 

Breaking the wave: Measuring the death toll 

A fox is seen in Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, London, Britain, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

PHOTO GALLERIES

Nature reclaims public spaces during lockdown

Coronavirus couture: Custom face masks around the world 

Life and death in ICUs around the world 

Love in the time of coronavirus 

America amid the coronavirus pandemic 

Burying the victims of coronavirus

Life after lockdown in China's Wuhan 

World races to contain coronavirus pandemic

The world's displaced brace for coronavirus

Faces from the coronavirus frontlines

Edited by Leela de Kretser and Tiffany Wu

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