As people around the world stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, activities from school to work meetings, socializing, exercising, praying, lifecycle events and more are now taking place online. Click through our gallery for international scenes of a world gone online (way more than usual).?
Here, teacher Yekaterina Metelskaya leads an online lesson for first-graders in Minsk, Belarus, on March 24.?
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Going to church
Parish vicar Patrick Staub conducts a service at an empty Catholic church in Winterbach, Germany, on March 22. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, worshippers can't attend church in person, but they can watch services streamed on YouTube.?
Because the Austrian government has temporarily banned all gatherings of more than five people as a measure to slow the spread of coronavirus, undertakers are offering livestreamed services for means for mourners. Here, on March 24, employees of Bestattung Himmelblau in Vienna rehearse livestreaming of an upcoming funeral.?
Deputy District Attorney Steven Gates, right, represents the people during a video arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court on April. On. the monitor, public defender David Foley (upper left) appears via video with his client.?
Brazilian senators vote remotely on March 20 on the decision to declare a state of calamity during the coronavirus outbreak. The vote marked the first time in 196 years of existence that the Senate used the remote system. Davi Alcolumbre, president of the Brazilian Senate, recently tested positive for the coronavirus.?
A huge video screen shows members of the Lower House of Congress in the Philippines participating in a special session via video conference on March 23. At the session, they discussed a proposed emergency power to be given to President Rodrigo Duterte to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 16, Duterte ordered about half the country's population to stay home for the next month in a drastic bid to curb the rising number of new coronavirus cases.?
Jennifer Buller, principal of Boston's K-8 Coolidge Corner School, reads a nightly bedtime story to her students via video conference on March 19. The sessions have been packed as the school seeks ways to alleviate the social isolation many are feeling as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis deepens. Buller allows a little time before and after the story so students can see their friends and say hi.?