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Our world in photos: November 17

November 17, 2020 Michaela Keil
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BRITAIN — Breaking tradition: The Regent Street Christmas lights entitled ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ stood illuminated after being switched on without a ceremony, as shops on the street are temporarily closed due to England’s second coronavirus lockdown, in London, Sunday. This week saw Britain on Wednesday become the fifth country in the world to record more than 50,000 coronavirus-related deaths and on Thursday to record 33,470 people testing positive for COVID-19, the highest daily number of new cases since the virus first struck. Photo: Matt Dunham/AP


FRANCE — 24 hours in the ICU: In Marseille, a nurse rested her knees on the floor as she looked at a computer screen during the day shift at the COVID-19 ICU at La Timone hospital, Thursday. Photo: Daniel Cole/AP


HONDURAS — Iota makes landfall: Neighbors helped each other as they evacuated the area before Hurricane Iota made landfall in San Manuel Cortes, Monday. Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America which was already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. Photo: Delmer Martinez/AP


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FRANCE — Resisting shutdown: In Lyon, shop, bar and restaurant owners held banners reading “For Sale – call” with the Elysee phone number below during a demonstration against the closure of their establishments on Monday. France’s health minister said the country is “progressively getting back in control” of its resurgent coronavirus epidemic but warns that it will quickly flare again if people start ignoring lockdown rules. Photo: Laurent Cipriani/AP


BELARUS — Protesting authoritarianism: Women draped with old Belarusian national flags attended a pensioners’ opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Monday. Crowds of retirees marched down the streets of the Belarusian capital demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian president and to end the government crackdown on peaceful protesters. Photo: AP


PERU — Soccer amid unrest: At the hotel where Argentina’s national soccer team is staying, a guest looked down from his window as police and fans surrounded the hotel in anticipation of a soccer match against Peru, Monday. There was debate prior to their arrival whether the Argentina team would travel to Peru for the match while the Andean nation was facing a political crisis that saw three presidents in one week. Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP


CALIFORNIA — Testing site: A woman dropped her nasal swab sample into a bin at a COVID-19 testing site at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Monday. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

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