Priscah Ndlovu, a nail artist, shapes Perfect Zinyemba’s new artificial nails in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe. For several weeks, salons in Zimbabwe were closed due to the coronavirus, but regulations have been relaxed across the country, allowing salons to reopen.
Robin Lubangakene gives hand sanitizer to Herbert Ocailap as Paul Mugaga records passenger details at the bus park in Gulu, Uganda. Since the country eased its lockdown, public transport has been allowed to resume, as long as operators follow procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These include social distancing, limiting the number of passengers, checking temperatures and hand sanitizing. They also record passenger details, to contact them if anybody on board tests positive.
Mireille Busombolo, a 29-year-old housewife, cooks at her home in Kabondo, a commune in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. She wears a mask, even inside her own home, to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
From left, Sublime Gbwema, 4; Mastro Ngongo, 6; Ephrahim Gbwema, 11; and Jacque Fumu, 11, entertain themselves near their homes in Meteo, a neighborhood in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Public institutions, including schools, have been closed since March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, leaving children with plenty of time to play.
Nonde Kapembwa, a firefighter in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, disinfects Bauleni Market while a colleague Richard Mulenga helps him carry the hose. The government has started disinfecting normally crowded areas to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Evelyn Alwoch teaches her daughters, from left, Teopista Namara and Afwoyo Rwot, 4, at their home in Kisaasi, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda. Schools in Uganda have been closed since March 20 due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Mugula Desire, 2, and Kigozi Malcom, 4, splash in water coming out of a damaged pipe in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda has been under a nationwide curfew since the end of March, and transportation has been banned due to the spread of the coronavirus. Because of these restrictions, no one has been able to fix the pipe.
Keith Ndaaga, 6, sprays his sister, Namukisa Courtney, 8, before she enters their house in Kyebando village, in Uganda’s Wakiso district, after a shopping trip. Keith’s father gave him the responsibility of spraying anyone entering their house to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Shoppers line up outside a supermarket in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in late March to do some last-minute shopping before lockdown. The Zimbabwean government has restricted nonessential movements nationwide until at least May 4, and the spread of the coronavirus has led to social distancing measures, like those seen in the line.
Mubale Benjamin, left, debates his next move while playing the board game Luddo with friends in Kampala, Uganda. Also pictured, from left, are Ariho Thomas, Mukwaya Jovan, Kasirye Michael and Sesanga Fasial. The Ugandan government has closed all schools in the country until at least May 5th due to the spread of the coronavirus, leaving students without a place to spend their days.
Hairdresser Joram Amis makes a clip-on hair weave using hair extensions in Zambia’s Mtendere township. Amis says fewer people visit his salon due to the coronavirus outbreak, but his reusable clip-on hair weaves are now in demand.
Lewis Mashonga, in the red jersey, and his friend, Kapalo Musonda, in the gray shirt, buy secondhand clothing in Lusaka’s city center. They will later resell the clothing for a higher price. Zambian Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has warned that overcrowded markets can lead to the spread of the coronavirus. Mashonga says the risk of coronavirus transmission is the least of his problems because he cannot afford to be home without any income.
Vivian Chisenga sweeps a road near Mtendere Market in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Local Government Minister Charles Banda ordered a weekly cleanup of all markets to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Trishias Manhivi, councilor for Zimbabwe’s Mhototi ward, washes her hands during a meeting of local leaders in rural Zvishavane. They discussed the new coronavirus, planned the way forward for their community – and busted myths: Information spread on WhatsApp had led some to believe their communities were immune from the virus.
Zivanai Bimha washes his hands at a temporary washing station in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council, in partnership with local company Ecosure, installed the basins in busy parts of the capital to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Violet Muvandiri sprays disinfectant at a Market Square bus terminal in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Harare City Council says the city is disinfecting bus terminals as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus and to raise awareness of the seriousness of the disease and how to prevent it.
Kelvin Mafaro fits recycled rubber on a spare part at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. He says that he and his fellow workers noticed that there are few companies that specialize in making rubber for cars, buses and other machinery, so they took the opportunity to provide these services. They work in groups and share profits at the end of each week.
Peter Longmolo (left) and John Loiki sit together dressed in some of the typical fashions of the Karamoja region in northern Uganda. The walking stick Longmolo holds has a Ugandan kob antelope carved on the top, and both men wear black feathered hats. They say it’s part of their “swag,” or style.
Ringo Ramazani, the conductor of a music band known as Jeu du Ciel, sings and plays guitar at an event put on in honor of a visit from Carly Nzanzu Kasivita, the governor of North Kivu province, in Kirumba, Democratic Republic of Congo. Politicians, members of political parties and people from all walks of life gathered for the occasion.
Nakku Zaina, a clinical officer at Wakiso Health Centre IV, gives a polio vaccine to Nalubega Nina, 1, as her mother Nakirinya Roset looks on. The service is part of a nation-wide vaccination program to immunize children against infectious diseases.
Rhoda Zulu (from left), Edna Zambo and Ruth Zulu sell vegetables on the roadside outside Soweto Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Although street vending is banned, traders still take the risk, saying that renting a stall in the official market is too expensive and that business there is slow.
Abraham Moyo spray paints a scotch cart that was recently assembled at an industrial site in Harare, Zimbabwe. Even though he doesn’t own a shop at the site, he says his specialized spray painting services are required by several people who operate here. The site accommodates hundreds of informal craftsmen who provide a variety of services.