A homeless man in New York's Penn Station opens a packet of food given to him by Hamza Deib, owner of Taheni Mediterranean Grill, center, and Mohammed Widdi, Coordinator at Muslims Giving Back, May 1, 2020. Migrant laborers returning from other states, many of whom have been walking and hitchhiking travel in a bus as they try to reach their native villages in Prayagraj, India, Sunday, May 10, 2020. Flamingos fly in Narta Lagoon, about 140 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the Albanian capital of Tirana, May 2, 2020. Home confinement rules have angered and anguished some people in Albania, but humans getting their wings clipped during the coronavirus pandemic is allowing flamingos and other birds to flourish in a coastal lagoon by the Adriatic Sea. Restaurant workers are visible through a window of an eatery in Toronto, Ontario, May 9, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) The Rev. Fabian Arias performs an in-home service beside the remains of Raul Luis Lopez who died from COVID-19 the previous month, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Corona neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. An elderly woman, a patient with coronavirus, breathing with oxygen masks inside a hospital in Pochaiv, Ukraine, May 1, 2020.Ukraine's troubled health care system has been overwhelmed by COVID-19, even though it has reported a relatively low number of cases. Christians wearing face masks pray during a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, May 10, 2020. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in urged citizens not to lower their guard down, but said there's no reason to be panicked amid worries about a new surge in the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Mary Washington, 73, speaks through a window to her daughter, Courtney Crosby and grandchild Sydney Crosby for a Mother's Day celebration at Provident Village at Creekside senior living on May 10, 2020, in Smyrna, Ga. A worker of SOS Funeral, wearing protection equipment, prepares to remove the body of Eldon Cascais, who according to relatives had preexisting conditions and died at his house after having trouble breathing, amid the new coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil, May 9, 2020. Mortician Cordarial O. Holloway, foreground left, funeral director Robert L. Albritten, foreground right, and funeral attendants Eddie Keith, background left, and Ronald Costello place a casket into a hearse on April 18, 2020, in Dawson, Ga. Across the county, the latest Associated Press analysis of available state and local data shows that nearly one-third of those who have died are African American, with black people representing about 14% of the population in the areas covered. Girls gather on a rooftop after Iftar or breaking their fast during Ramadan, in Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2020. Many muslims worldwide will have to forgo the communal prayers, large family gatherings, and sehour (the last meal before another day of fasting) outings, that make the holy month special and festive, as authorities maintain partial lockdowns aimed at slowing the coronavirus pandemic. Police officers notify a man that the Coney Island, Stillwell Terminal is closed Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A child gets his blood pressure taken at a mobile testing and screening station in the Diepsloot township north of Johannesburg May 8, 2020. South Africa begun a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, and its confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase as more people are being tested. Venezuelan migrants feed their rooster before departing for the Venezuelan border to return home after a government lockdown has put a halt to their aspirations, in Bogota, Colombia, April 30, 2020. The new coronavirus pandemic has limited their ability to help economically hurting relatives back home. Because of Colombia's strict stay-at-home order, many migrants in Bogota must break the law to go outside and make money to buy food or stay behind closed doors and go hungry. Mabel Charley, left, applies hand sanitizer as she arrives to care for her home-bound uncle in his hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, in Chilchinbeto, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation on April 21, 2020. The Navajo reservation has some of the highest rates of coronavirus in the country. If Navajos are susceptible to the virus' spread in part because they are so closely knit, that's also how many believe they will beat it. The San Isidro cemetery, that the city's authorities ordered temporarily closed to the public to keep crowds away as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 disease, in Mexico City, Sunday, May 10, 2020. A patient performs physical rehabilitation workout in the recovery ward for COVID-19 patients at the MontLegia CHC hospital during a gradual lifting of a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 in Liege, May 7, 2020. Cemetery worker Bruno Avelino walks among graves as he waits for the arrival of a coffin that contains the remains of one-year-old Vitoria, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8, 2020. According to her mother, Vitoria died from the new coronavirus, infected in the health unit where she was being hospitalized for a gastrointestinal problem. A Muslim man wears a protective face mask as he prays after breaking his daytime fast, at a parking lot as mosques remain closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic during the holy month of Ramadan, in the mixed Arab Jewish city of Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, Israel, May 10, 2020.
May 11, 2020
The pandemic has upended the rituals of both life and death across the globe. In their place, new rituals have sprung up. In New York City, for instance, the subway is shutting in the middle of the night in order to disinfect the trains. That means clearing the cars and stations of people at the end of the line — a process that has put a spotlight on the city's homeless, many of whom have long taken refuge on the subways.
Around the U.S. this past Sunday, families celebrated a strange Mother's Day — wishing moms well through video calls or windows in the era of social distancing. And still the virus continues to kill in many places. In Brazil, freshly dug graves are filling up from Manaus on the Amazon River to Rio de Janeiro on the Atlantic Ocean.