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The Week in Pictures

The New Statesman’s creative editor selects a series of images from photographers across the globe.


A man is sprayed with hypochlorous acid water as a measure to prevent the infection of Covid-19 at the entrance of a Japanese style pub known as izakaya in Tokyo, Japan, 19 May, 2020. Photo by Issei Kato/Reuters


Roberto Gonzalez, who produces shows for tourists with his two dachshunds, poses for a photo in front of his home in downtown Havana, Cuba, 18 May, 2020. Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters


People's Liberation Army soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP


A firefighter tries to put out a fire caused by a plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan. Aviation officials have confirmed that a passenger plane belonging to state run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers has crashed near the southern port city of Karachi. Photo by Fareed Khan/AP


Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan activist, is arrested by police officers after organising a protest for more food distribution by the government to people who have been financially struggling due to the nationwide lockdown imposed in Kampala, 18 May, 2020. Photo by Sumi Sadurni/AFP


Volunteers and residents work to repair a damaged dam following the landfall of cyclone Amphan in Burigoalini on 21 May, 2020.  At least 84 people died as the fiercest cyclone to hit parts of Bangladesh and eastern India this century sent trees flying and flattened houses, with millions crammed into shelters despite the risk of coronavirus. Photo by Munir uz Zaman / AFP


View of the Intensive Care Unit treating Covid-19 coronavirus patients in the Gilberto Novaes Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, on 20 May, 2020. Photo by Michael Dantas/AFP


Servicemen from Russia's Emergencies Ministry wearing protective gear disinfect Moscow's Leningradsky railway station on 19 May, 2020, amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


A boy gets his hair cut by hairdresser Youssif Hamada at his home in Cairo. Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters


Peruvian Marlith Mori returns to her home on the heights of the Vista Alegre shantytown, in the Comas district of Lima, carrying her son Jeyson who attends daily therapy at a nearby medical facility, 21 May, 2020. Mori lives in an area where residents' low budgets force them to break mandatory isolation to find daily means of support.  Photo by Geraldo Caso Bizama/AFP


Drag performer Maxi Shield chats to her online audience on 18 May 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images


Nurses assigned to the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) at the Kenyatta University Hospital dance during a Zumba class held at the hospital compound in Nairobi, on 17 May, 2020. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP


The Inn at Little Washington, Virginia, a Michelin-starred restaurant, has found a fun, or creepy, way to enforce social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic when it reopens at the end of May 2020: costumed mannequins seated among the breathing guests. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Colombian Huitoto indigenous people pose wearing face masks, amid concerns of the coronavirus in Leticia, Colombia on 20 May, 2020.  Photo by Tatiana de Nevó/AFP


This aerial view shows people queueing during a distribution of hampers, masks, soap and sanitiser organised by different charities at the Iterileng informal settlement near Laudium, Pretoria, on 20 May, 2020.  Photo by Marco Longari/AFP


Doctor Dmitry Cheboksarov (L) works in the intensive care unit for the Covid-19 coronavirus patients at Vinogradov City Clinical Hospital in Moscow on 17 May, 2020. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP


A father holds up his son to look over the fence at Melwood training ground in Liverpool, north-west England as Liverpool players resume training on 19 May, 2020. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of the New Statesman and also writes on photography.