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A sponge with toothpicks is seen inside a lift to prevent people from touching the lift buttons with their bare hands at a residential society in Mumbai, India, August 2, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

A sponge with toothpicks is seen inside a lift to prevent people from touching the lift buttons with their bare hands at a residential society in Mumbai, India, August 2, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

A sponge with toothpicks is seen inside a lift to prevent people from touching the lift buttons with their bare hands at a residential society in Mumbai, India, August 2, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
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Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, maintain a safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, maintain a safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the outbreak, in Dandwal village in the...more

Children, who have missed their online classes due to a lack of internet facilities, maintain a safe distance as they listen to pre-recorded lessons over loudspeakers, after schools were closed following the outbreak, in Dandwal village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, July 28, 2020. REUTERS/Prashant Waydande
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People sit in their cars as they enjoy a drive-in concert in Riga, Latvia June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People sit in their cars as they enjoy a drive-in concert in Riga, Latvia June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People sit in their cars as they enjoy a drive-in concert in Riga, Latvia June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
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People drink and socialize in an outdoor area at St Villa bar and restaurant in St. Albans, Britain, July 4. REUTERS/Paul Childs

People drink and socialize in an outdoor area at St Villa bar and restaurant in St. Albans, Britain, July 4. REUTERS/Paul Childs

People drink and socialize in an outdoor area at St Villa bar and restaurant in St. Albans, Britain, July 4. REUTERS/Paul Childs
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Students wearing face masks and face shields are seen inside old ballot boxes repurposed into partitions as they attend a class after the Thai government eased isolation measures and opened schools nationwide, at Pathum Thani province, Thailand, July 1. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Students wearing face masks and face shields are seen inside old ballot boxes repurposed into partitions as they attend a class after the Thai government eased isolation measures and opened schools nationwide, at Pathum Thani province, Thailand, July...more

Students wearing face masks and face shields are seen inside old ballot boxes repurposed into partitions as they attend a class after the Thai government eased isolation measures and opened schools nationwide, at Pathum Thani province, Thailand, July 1. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Minions toys are seen on cinema chairs to maintain social distancing between spectators at a MK2 cinema in Paris as Paris' cinemas reopen doors to the public in France, June 22.   
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Minions toys are seen on cinema chairs to maintain social distancing between spectators at a MK2 cinema in Paris as Paris' cinemas reopen doors to the public in France, June 22.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier    

Minions toys are seen on cinema chairs to maintain social distancing between spectators at a MK2 cinema in Paris as Paris' cinemas reopen doors to the public in France, June 22.  REUTERS/Benoit Tessier    
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Students talk while practicing social distancing at the courtyard of a reopened secondary school in Brussels, Belgium, May 15. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Students talk while practicing social distancing at the courtyard of a reopened secondary school in Brussels, Belgium, May 15. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Students talk while practicing social distancing at the courtyard of a reopened secondary school in Brussels, Belgium, May 15. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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People exercise at a gym which has reopened with new social distancing and hygiene rules after months of closure in Rome, Italy, May 25. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

People exercise at a gym which has reopened with new social distancing and hygiene rules after months of closure in Rome, Italy, May 25. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

People exercise at a gym which has reopened with new social distancing and hygiene rules after months of closure in Rome, Italy, May 25. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
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Nathalie interacts with her husband Joseph behind a transparent plastic sheet inside a bubble room installed to visit residents in the garden of the Fondation Shadet Vercoustre retirement home near Dunkirk, France, May 25. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Nathalie interacts with her husband Joseph behind a transparent plastic sheet inside a bubble room installed to visit residents in the garden of the Fondation Shadet Vercoustre retirement home near Dunkirk, France, May 25. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Nathalie interacts with her husband Joseph behind a transparent plastic sheet inside a bubble room installed to visit residents in the garden of the Fondation Shadet Vercoustre retirement home near Dunkirk, France, May 25. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Executive Assistant Jessie Dawson sits among mannequins occupying some tables so diners will not feel isolated by social distancing measures when The Inn at Little Washington, a Michelin three-star restaurant, reopens in Washington, Virginia, May 20. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Executive Assistant Jessie Dawson sits among mannequins occupying some tables so diners will not feel isolated by social distancing measures when The Inn at Little Washington, a Michelin three-star restaurant, reopens in Washington, Virginia, May 20....more

Executive Assistant Jessie Dawson sits among mannequins occupying some tables so diners will not feel isolated by social distancing measures when The Inn at Little Washington, a Michelin three-star restaurant, reopens in Washington, Virginia, May 20. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Modified lift switches are seen at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand May 20. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Modified lift switches are seen at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand May 20. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Modified lift switches are seen at a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand May 20. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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People participate in an outdoor yoga class in a dome to facilitate social distancing, in Toronto, Canada, June 21.  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio    

People participate in an outdoor yoga class in a dome to facilitate social distancing, in Toronto, Canada, June 21.  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio    

People participate in an outdoor yoga class in a dome to facilitate social distancing, in Toronto, Canada, June 21.  REUTERS/Carlos Osorio    
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Tracy Sandridge and Julie Brown of Baltimore pose with inner tubes on wheels dubbed "bumper tables" designed to ensure social distancing when Fish Tales Bar & Grill reopens in Ocean City, Maryland, May 23. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Tracy Sandridge and Julie Brown of Baltimore pose with inner tubes on wheels dubbed "bumper tables" designed to ensure social distancing when Fish Tales Bar & Grill reopens in Ocean City, Maryland, May 23. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Tracy Sandridge and Julie Brown of Baltimore pose with inner tubes on wheels dubbed "bumper tables" designed to ensure social distancing when Fish Tales Bar & Grill reopens in Ocean City, Maryland, May 23. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A man is sprayed with hypochlorous acid water as a measure to prevent infection at the entrance of Kichiri Shinjuku, a Japanese style izakaya pub, in Tokyo, Japan, May 19. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A man is sprayed with hypochlorous acid water as a measure to prevent infection at the entrance of Kichiri Shinjuku, a Japanese style izakaya pub, in Tokyo, Japan, May 19. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A man is sprayed with hypochlorous acid water as a measure to prevent infection at the entrance of Kichiri Shinjuku, a Japanese style izakaya pub, in Tokyo, Japan, May 19. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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People enjoy sunny weather minding social distancing markers arranged by municipal workers at Marechal Carmona park in Cascais, Portugal, May 21. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

People enjoy sunny weather minding social distancing markers arranged by municipal workers at Marechal Carmona park in Cascais, Portugal, May 21. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

People enjoy sunny weather minding social distancing markers arranged by municipal workers at Marechal Carmona park in Cascais, Portugal, May 21. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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A woman sits on social distancing seat at a bank in Icon Siam, shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sits on social distancing seat at a bank in Icon Siam, shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sits on social distancing seat at a bank in Icon Siam, shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A restaurant tests servers providing drinks and food to models pretending to be clients in a safe "quarantine greenhouses" in which guests can dine in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A restaurant tests servers providing drinks and food to models pretending to be clients in a safe "quarantine greenhouses" in which guests can dine in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A restaurant tests servers providing drinks and food to models pretending to be clients in a safe "quarantine greenhouses" in which guests can dine in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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A teacher wearing a protective face mask conducts a lesson, at a Flemish secondary school during its reopening in Brussels, as a small part of Belgian children head back to their schools in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A teacher wearing a protective face mask conducts a lesson, at a Flemish secondary school during its reopening in Brussels, as a small part of Belgian children head back to their schools in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

A teacher wearing a protective face mask conducts a lesson, at a Flemish secondary school during its reopening in Brussels, as a small part of Belgian children head back to their schools in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Life-size cardboard figures with the photos of fans are positioned on the stands of the Borussia Moenchengladbach soccer stadium for the next game, which will be played without spectators, in Moenchengladbach, Germany, May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Life-size cardboard figures with the photos of fans are positioned on the stands of the Borussia Moenchengladbach soccer stadium for the next game, which will be played without spectators, in Moenchengladbach, Germany, May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo...more

Life-size cardboard figures with the photos of fans are positioned on the stands of the Borussia Moenchengladbach soccer stadium for the next game, which will be played without spectators, in Moenchengladbach, Germany, May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
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Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school, in Den Bosch, Netherlands, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school, in Den Bosch, Netherlands, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school, in Den Bosch, Netherlands, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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A commuter wearing a protective mask stands amid marks for social distancing on the floor of the Atocha train station, in Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A commuter wearing a protective mask stands amid marks for social distancing on the floor of the Atocha train station, in Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A commuter wearing a protective mask stands amid marks for social distancing on the floor of the Atocha train station, in Madrid, Spain, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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People wearing protective face masks practice social distancing while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor in Jakarta, Indonesia May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

People wearing protective face masks practice social distancing while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor in Jakarta, Indonesia May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

People wearing protective face masks practice social distancing while receiving rice from an automated rice ATM distributor in Jakarta, Indonesia May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana
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Worker paint lines on the street to expand a sidewalk for pedestrians to keep a social distance between them, in Barcelona, Spain, May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Worker paint lines on the street to expand a sidewalk for pedestrians to keep a social distance between them, in Barcelona, Spain, May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Worker paint lines on the street to expand a sidewalk for pedestrians to keep a social distance between them, in Barcelona, Spain, May 5, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Children take part in a lesson after schools reopened for grades 1-3 in Warsaw, Poland, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Children take part in a lesson after schools reopened for grades 1-3 in Warsaw, Poland, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Children take part in a lesson after schools reopened for grades 1-3 in Warsaw, Poland, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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Enclosures are set to ensure social distancing rules on a deserted beach in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Enclosures are set to ensure social distancing rules on a deserted beach in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Enclosures are set to ensure social distancing rules on a deserted beach in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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People have lunch at the Penguin Eat Shabu hotpot restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

People have lunch at the Penguin Eat Shabu hotpot restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

People have lunch at the Penguin Eat Shabu hotpot restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Yellow stripe is painted in the middle of a pedestrian street to help people comply with social distance guidelines in Aalborg, Denmark May 4, 2020. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

Yellow stripe is painted in the middle of a pedestrian street to help people comply with social distance guidelines in Aalborg, Denmark May 4, 2020. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

Yellow stripe is painted in the middle of a pedestrian street to help people comply with social distance guidelines in Aalborg, Denmark May 4, 2020. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
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People stand on signs to respect social distancing on a platform for the tramway in Nice, France, May 11, 2020.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

People stand on signs to respect social distancing on a platform for the tramway in Nice, France, May 11, 2020.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

People stand on signs to respect social distancing on a platform for the tramway in Nice, France, May 11, 2020.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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People practice social distancing inside an elevator prior to arriving to their workplaces at World Trade Center, in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

People practice social distancing inside an elevator prior to arriving to their workplaces at World Trade Center, in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

People practice social distancing inside an elevator prior to arriving to their workplaces at World Trade Center, in Colombo, Sri Lanka May 11, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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A bank teller wearing a protective face mask stands at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A bank teller wearing a protective face mask stands at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A bank teller wearing a protective face mask stands at a counter where a plastic curtain is installed at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Customers wait outside on social distancing markings at a prototype location of fast food giant McDonald's in Arnhem, Netherlands, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Customers wait outside on social distancing markings at a prototype location of fast food giant McDonald's in Arnhem, Netherlands, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Customers wait outside on social distancing markings at a prototype location of fast food giant McDonald's in Arnhem, Netherlands, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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A woman is seen at a care facility for elderly people with dementia, in a glass house that is made for visits in Wassenaar, Netherlands, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

A woman is seen at a care facility for elderly people with dementia, in a glass house that is made for visits in Wassenaar, Netherlands, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

A woman is seen at a care facility for elderly people with dementia, in a glass house that is made for visits in Wassenaar, Netherlands, April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
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People wear protective face shields and masks at a bank that is getting ready to reopen in Bangkok, Thailand May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People wear protective face shields and masks at a bank that is getting ready to reopen in Bangkok, Thailand May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

People wear protective face shields and masks at a bank that is getting ready to reopen in Bangkok, Thailand May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
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Circles on the ground indicating where to stand to respect social distancing are seen in a tramway in Nice, France, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Circles on the ground indicating where to stand to respect social distancing are seen in a tramway in Nice, France, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Circles on the ground indicating where to stand to respect social distancing are seen in a tramway in Nice, France, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Tables and chairs are taped up to keep social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, China April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Tables and chairs are taped up to keep social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, China April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Tables and chairs are taped up to keep social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, China April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People stand on social-distancing markers at a Mercedes car dealer in Brussels, Belgium, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

People stand on social-distancing markers at a Mercedes car dealer in Brussels, Belgium, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

People stand on social-distancing markers at a Mercedes car dealer in Brussels, Belgium, May 6, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A lady waits to be served behind yellows lines that mark the distance customers have to keep between them inside a grocery in Trastevere area in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

A lady waits to be served behind yellows lines that mark the distance customers have to keep between them inside a grocery in Trastevere area in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

A lady waits to be served behind yellows lines that mark the distance customers have to keep between them inside a grocery in Trastevere area in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
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A woman and a child ride a bicycle as Milan reallocates road space previously used by cars to new bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways, as part of an effort to reduce pollution in Milan, Italy April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

A woman and a child ride a bicycle as Milan reallocates road space previously used by cars to new bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways, as part of an effort to reduce pollution in Milan, Italy April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

A woman and a child ride a bicycle as Milan reallocates road space previously used by cars to new bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways, as part of an effort to reduce pollution in Milan, Italy April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo
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A man receives a coffee in a cart pulled by a rope as a transportation system at a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

A man receives a coffee in a cart pulled by a rope as a transportation system at a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

A man receives a coffee in a cart pulled by a rope as a transportation system at a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa
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