(Reuters) - Every week, Reuters journalists produce scores of multimedia features and human-interest stories from around the world.
Below are some engaging stories selected by our editors, as well as explanatory context and background on the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full schedule of news and events, please go to our editorial calendar on Reuters Connect.
Mask in a restaurant? This one can gobble like Pac-Man
OR YEHUDA, May 18 - Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask with a remote control mouth that lets diners eat food without taking it off, a device they say could make a visit to a restaurant less risky.
Empty middle seat? Depends on which country you are flying in
SYDNEY/BEIJING/HELSINKI, May 19 - In Thailand, you cannot have food or water in flight and must wear a mask. In Malaysia and Indonesia, the plane needs to be half-empty. In the United States and Europe, it’s not mandatory for airlines to leave the middle seat open.
Japanese pub aims to clean up with disinfectant spray machine
TOKYO, May 20 - As Japan’s restaurants and bars slowly open up from a coronavirus lockdown, many are looking to reassure the public that dining out is safe again and one Japanese-style izakaya pub thinks it has found the perfect solution.
Empty trains, clogged roads: Americans get behind the wheel to avoid transit
NEW YORK, May 20 - As Americans plan for life after pandemic lockdowns, many want to avoid public transport and use a car instead, straining already underfunded transit systems and risking an increase in road congestion and pollution.
'I miss dancing': Elderly S.Koreans lament loss of 'playground' as senior discos shut
SEOUL, May 20 - For years, Jeong Nam-poong has found entertainment at daytime discotheques called colatecs that cater to older folks, often losing track of time while dancing the jitterbug under fairy lights and mirror balls.
Argentine parents, newborn baby separated 8,000 miles by virus
BUENOS AIRES, May 18 - Jose Perez and Flavia Lavorino in Buenos Aires have yet to meet their baby Manu, who was born via a surrogate mother in Kiev 8,000 miles (12,875 km) away as lockdowns around the world and shuttered borders prevented the new parents from traveling.
Mariachis delight quarantined Colombians with jolts of street music
BOGOTA, May 19 - The boisterous music - usually heard at family celebrations and raucous birthdays - bursts through the eerily quiet streets of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. The mariachis have arrived.
Rio pet delivery brings companionship to Brazilians in isolation
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 18 - Three-year-old Sansa, a black dog with a white spot on her belly, spent nearly a year in a Rio de Janeiro animal shelter before the coronavirus pandemic restricted visitors, making her odds of being adopted even dimmer.
A nurse struggled with COVID-19 trauma. He was found dead in his car
May 20 - Becoming a nurse in 2018 was a dream come true for William Coddington. He loved helping people and feeling needed at his West Palm Beach, Florida hospital. The 32-year-old was on the upswing of a decade-long battle with opioid addiction and other substance abuse, according to friends and family, who said he was committed to his recovery.
UNDERSTANDING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS:
THE MEDICAL RACE
The Lifeline Pipeline: the drugs, tests and tactics that may conquer coronavirus
T cells play a role in fighting coronavirus; COVID-19 affects children differently
Monkey studies encouraging for coronavirus vaccine; virus travels further on breezy days
The COVID-19 testing challenge
U.S. COVID-19 tests: What's out there and how well do they work
Explainer: Tracking the coronavirus 'reproduction rate' as lockdowns ease
Explainer: What do studies on new coronavirus mutations tell us?
Explainer: Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?
Explainer: Who's WHO? The World Health Organization under scrutiny
When medical resources are limited, who should get care first?
Ventilators: A bridge between life and death
Protecting those fighting the coronavirus
Why are some South Koreans who recovered from the coronavirus testing positive again?
Global pharma industry steps up efforts to battle coronavirus
Coronavirus and COVID-19: Fact versus fiction
LIVING THE NEW NORMAL
Tracking the lockdown: what is opening up around the world
How to travel in Europe in the era of coronavirus
New measures being put in place for air travel differ by country
Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sports events around the world
European soccer's return to action after coronavirus
Do children spread COVID-19? Risks as schools consider reopening
The last places on earth without coronavirus
How to construct a face mask
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
The Apocaloptimist's Manifesto
A breath of fresh air: How air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis
Tracing COVID-19: Using technology to track the contagion
The race to deploy COVID-19 contact tracing apps
Wider Image: Rural Ecuador faces coronavirus outbreak without doctors
Wider Image: Cut off by coronavirus, Hondurans in packed prison suffer mental toll
Virus exposes gaping holes in Africa's health systems
How coronavirus brought Southeast Asia's megacities to a standstill
Coronavirus stalks the corridors of power
ECONOMY AND BUSINESS
Global economic policy response to the coronavirus crisis
Global central bank response to the coronavirus outbreak
Explainer: How do negative interest rates work?
In nautical limbo: where cruise ships sit idle with crew on board
Fashion brands cut orders with Asian garment makers
Pandemic, oil crash trigger wave of bankruptcies in corporate America
New U.S. House coronavirus bill contains $3 trillion plus in aid
France, Germany propose 500 bln euros in grants for post-COVID recovery
Measures in latest Italian package to help battered economy
Businesses signal earnings hit as coronavirus takes a toll
Why 14.7% U.S. unemployment rate doesn't capture the true state of the coronavirus economy
Airlines take off again after coronavirus groundings
TRACKING THE DISEASE
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
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
Nature reclaims public spaces during lockdown
Back to school: Learning to keep apart as classes reopen
Sports restart with empty stands
Mexico begins reopening despite coronavirus onslaught fears
Russia coronavirus cases near 300,000
Eating together apart: Restaurants reopen as lockdowns ease
Getting married despite coronavirus outbreak
Shanghai Disneyland reopens
Coronavirus surges across Brazil
Empty streets of New York City
Notable deaths in 2020
Life in the age of coronavirus
Coronavirus street art
Athletes train despite lockdown limbo
Ramadan in a pandemic
America amid the coronavirus pandemic
Some U.S. states ease lockdown restrictions
More countries ease lockdown restrictions
Anti-lockdown protests around the world
Faces from the coronavirus frontlines
Burying the victims of coronavirus
Compiled by Patrick Enright, Leela de Kretser, Nick Tattersall and Tiffany Wu