Africa’s week in pictures: 20-26 March 2020

A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent:

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A craft market usually bustling with tourists is almost deserted on Friday because of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Cape Town, South Africa…

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The next day, a diver in the ocean off Cape Town approaches a kelp forest – the seaweed can sometimes exceed 15m (49ft) in length.

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A Senegalese graffiti crew paint a wall of a university in the capital, Dakar, with the image of a man sneezing into his elbow – a preventive measure against coronavirus.

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On Thursday, Orthodox priests in Ethiopia priests blessing the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, with incense to keep coronavirus away…

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A man sheds tears during prayers to stop the spread of coronavirus in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Sunday.

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On the same day in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan, influential Catholic cleric Eric Norbert Abekan (R) travels around the streets praying for deliverance from the disease…

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Here children raise their hand as his open-top vehicle cruises past…

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A Nigerian worshipper raises her arms on Sunday at a service in the capital, Abuja despite the authorities warning against large gatherings because of coronavirus…

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The Methodist Church of Trinity in Nigeria’s economic hub of Lagos complied with the order on Sunday as this depleted choir stall shows.

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A woman in Guinea votes in a controversial referendum on a new constitution on Sunday which provoked deadly protests,

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On Monday, it is time to disinfect the world and it falls to this worker at a globe-shaped public garden in Algeria.

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The next day, a flower picker in Kenya piles up roses – though none of them can be exported as coronavirus has brought the entire industry to its knees.

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In Uganda, a community leader in the capital, Kampala, climbs high on Tuesday to shout out to residents to adhere to measures put in place to curb coronavirus.

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With beaches closed in South Africa because of coronavirus, a surfer switches to skateboarding in Cape Town on Wednesday

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And a market seller in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, does a roaring trade in lemons on Thursday as people stock up on items thought to boost their immune systems.

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