May 21, 2020 / 5:38 AM / 6 days ago

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Schedule of Reuters features from this week

(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

Global tracker

U.S. tracker

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

PHOTO GALLERIES

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

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