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2020 in pictures: Memories of worst year in history

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Of course, there have been harder times, but for those who are now living this year is definitely the worst
21:47, 28 December 2020

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Time magazine named 2020 the worst year in history. Of course, there have been harder times, but for those who are now living this year is definitely the worst. Let's remember the most iconic moments of the outgoing year, captured in photographs.

January

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Funeral of General of the Iranian Army Qasem Suleimani. In Tehran, Iran, the procession gathered more than 1 million people. As a result of the stampede during the funeral, at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 injured. Suleimani was killed on January 3 on the orders of US President Donald Trump in a missile strike at Baghdad (Iraq) international airport. Trump has called the killed Iranian general "the world's number one terrorist." Iran responded by firing at two Iraqi bases where US troops were stationed. Iran withdrew from the nuclear deal, which has sharply increased tensions in the Middle East.

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A medic from the brigade, which is sent to Wuhan (China), says goodbye to his girlfriend. At the moment, it is believed that the spread of the coronavirus began in the city of Wuhan, presumably from a local market. The first known patient to show symptoms of coronavirus was recorded in Wuhan on December 1, 2019, with the first reports of an outbreak on December 31, 2019. The WHO designated this virus as 2019-nCoV, later - SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). The city was closed in January due to the coronavirus outbreak. In Wuhan, a temporary hospital was built for the infected in 10 days. By February, there were over 80 deaths from the virus. By mid-May, from more than 80 thousand officially registered cases in China, 50 thousand were in Wuhan.

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Great Britain withdrew from the European Union. A man in London waves a huge flag after the UK left the EU. The Brexit agreement went into effect at midnight on January 31st CET. From this point on, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. The historic exit came after more than three years of debate and negotiation after 51.89% of residents in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar voted to leave the EU in a consultative referendum.

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Fires in Australia. Bago State Forest, a dehydrated and half-starved horse on the brink of death due to wildfires. Wildfires in Australia were the most destructive on record. Fires, which mainly engulfed the southeast of the country, began in late summer 2019 due to heat and drought. In early January, even the sky in the southeastern regions turned red. 24 people died, the fire destroyed from half a billion to a billion animals. About 6.3 million hectares of forests burned down, more than 2,500 buildings were destroyed, of which 1,300 were residential buildings.

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February

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A new image of SARS-CoV-2 (the official name of the Covid-19 coronavirus), which clearly shows the spines resembling the solar corona, after which the virus got its name. Photos taken with a scanning and transmission electron microscope at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The images show the similarity of the new coronavirus to the SARS coronavirus, which was registered in November 2002 in the Chinese province of Guangdong. The Covid-19 outbreak began at the end of 2019 and by the spring of 2020 had grown into a pandemic. To date, more than 78 million coronavirus cases have been recorded in the world, more than 1.7 million people have died. In December 2020, a new strain of coronavirus, more contagious, was discovered in the UK. And the EU approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine.

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The violinist plays her instrument during the operation. Professional musician Dagmar Turner plays the violin while London surgeons remove a tumor from her brain. Doctors asked the woman to play during the operation to know which parts of the brain would not be affected or damaged her musical abilities. The surgeons took into account the bow movements and the length of the strings. Such an operation is possible when the patient is conscious, because there are no pain receptors directly in the brain. Two weeks later, Dagmar Turner again performed with her instrument.

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Kenya is battling the worst Desert Locust outbreak in 70 years. The Desert Locust is one of the most devastating migratory pests in the world, and can consume an amount of food equal to its own weight in a day. Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are threatened with famine. Also, a locust infestation can cause an outbreak of plague. To stop the spread of locusts, local authorities spray pesticides daily from the air.

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Olexander Burlakov, a resident of the Sumy region, set himself on fire during a protest by doctors near the President's Office in Kyiv. He had nothing to do with the action of doctors, but wanted to draw the attention of President Volodymyr Zelensky to his problem - Olexander, according to him, had land taken away. The man was hospitalized; there were no victims among the other protesters.

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March

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Pope Francis, during the traditional Sunday prayer, blessed the absolutely empty St. Peter's Square. He prayed for the end of the pandemic in the world, and then walked the empty streets of Rome. By the spring of 2020, most countries in the world closed their borders and announced a tough lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In mid-March, WHO announced the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Soldiers of the Italian army and military police load coffins with the bodies of those killed by the coronavirus in the city of Ponte San Pietro, Bergamo region. It became the epicenter of the pandemic in Italy, where the death rate from the virus exceeded 12%, while in the world it was at the level of 3.5%. Despite the quarantine measures, the epidemic in the Bergamo region got out of control; up to 260 people died from coronavirus in March. Local crematoria and morgues could not cope, the bodies of the dead were taken out.

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National Guard personnel disinfect surfaces at the Mid Westchester Jewish Community Center to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The first quarantine zone in the United States in Westchester County was created by Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo. The National Guard was brought in to help deliver food home and disinfect public places.

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Italians play and sing on balconies during quarantine. By mid-March in Italy, the number of infected and fatalities from Covid-19 exceeded the number of patients in China. The Italian authorities have introduced tough quarantine measures, almost completely closing citizens at home. To comfort and cheer themselves up, the Italians organized flash mobs: "Let's open the windows and balconies, sing and play together, even though we are so far away."

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April

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A nurse adjusts personal protective equipment at a field hospital built for coronavirus patients in New York's Central Park. The hospital is designed for 70 patients, equipped with 10 ventilators. By early April, New York State accounted for nearly half of the cases in the United States, with the most acute situation in the city itself.

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Prescius Anderson, a Covid-19 patient, was shown her newborn baby for the first time. The pregnant woman was in a Brooklyn hospital in serious condition, the doctors' predictions were disappointing. The woman underwent a cesarean section during lung intubation. Within a few days, Anderson's condition began to improve. "We are happy that this story has a happy ending. This is the hope that people need so much now," said the woman's doctor.

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The inmates were seated in tight rows during cell searches in the San Salvador Prison (El Salvador). The President of El Salvador ordered mass searches of prison cells after street gangs killed more than twenty people in one day. Police believe the killings were ordered by local gang leaders from prison.

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People protest quarantine restrictions in Columbus, Ohio. People opposed isolation for fear of economic consequences. Protests swept across many states. One of the protesters' slogans was: "Give me the right to be infected with the coronavirus, but do not limit my freedom."

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May

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People in an elevator stand apart from each other on their way to work at the World Trade Center in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The government is slowly loosening quarantine restrictions, but does not even think about canceling the social distancing rules.

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Protests over the death of African American George Floyd. On May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, during the arrest of George Floyd, a police officer strangled him with his knee. At the same time, the deceased repeated that he could not breathe. As a result, the police officer was charged with third-degree murder and negligent homicide. After Floyd's death, massive protests against racism and police violence began throughout the United States and around the world. Monuments to personalities associated with the history of slavery and colonialism have become targets of the Black Lives Matter anti-racist movement. They are torn down from their pedestals, drowned and even set on fire.

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A crowd watches the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Titusville, Florida. Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft with two American astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. This is the first manned test flight of a private company to the International Space Station (ISS).

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June

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US President Donald Trump posed for a picture with a Bible outside the Church of St. John Paul II in Washington. Trump headed to church after speaking to reporters in the White House garden. At the same time, several thousand Americans staged an anti-racist protest near the White House. To allow Trump to freely walk to the church, police cleared the area using tear gas, rubber bullets and noise grenades against the demonstrators. This caused countless outrage.

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Workers in Mexico City burned the coffins of COVID-19 victims after their bodies were cremated. Mexico has one of the highest death rates from coronavirus in the world. President Andres Obrador has allowed doctors who are fighting the coronavirus to live in his residence.

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Malala Yusufzai is the youngest laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and got a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford in England. A Pakistani human rights defender advocates for the availability of education for women around the world. She survived the 2012 Taliban shelling.

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July

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The New York Mets hosted the Atlanta Braves at the opening of the baseball season in New York. Instead of the fans sitting in the stands, there were cardboard figures. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most sports events have been canceled in the spring. Later, outdoor competitions were allowed, but without fans.

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US President Donald Trump arrives at Mount Rushmore for Independence Day celebrations. During his speech, he denounced attempts to destroy monuments and "undermine the values" of the country. The United States is "the fairest and most exclusive country that has ever existed on Earth," said the head of the White House.

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A coronavirus patient on a ventilator at a Houston hospital. During the summer spike, the hospital created new virus wards, hired traveling nurses and intensified testing efforts. Outbreaks of the disease swept around the world again.

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August

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On 4 August, tragedy struck in Beirut, Lebanon. As a result of the explosion of ammonium nitrate, a significant part of the city was destroyed. 220 people died, more than 6 thousand were injured. About 300 thousand inhabitants were left without housing. The blasts were caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, confiscated from the Rhosus vessel back in 2013.

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Juanita Lujan, 94, in Albuquerque, at a nursing home that has been converted into a center for the treatment of coronavirus patients. She later recovered and returned to the nursing home where she had previously lived.

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The photo of Hurricane Laura was taken aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A day later, a storm hit Louisiana, USA, and was called one of the most powerful in the history of the United States. The hurricane speed exceeded 240 km / h, and the number of destroyed houses reached a million, 16 people died, dozens were injured.

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September

In Barcelona, ​​Spain, 60-year-old Francisco Espana, a Covid-19 patient who spent several weeks in an intensive care unit, was taken from the hospital to the promenade by nurses so he could enjoy the sea view.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny first published a post on a social network after being poisoned with a nerve agent Novichok. Navalny got sick during the flight to Tomsk. The Russian oppositionist was hospitalized in serious condition. Doctors made a preliminary diagnosis of "acute poisoning by an unidentified psychodisleptic." (Psychodeptics are substances that can cause hallucinations.) At the end of August, he was hospitalized in a German clinic, where he soon came out of an artificial coma.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reflected in the eyes of a woman in Manchester, England as she watches his message to the nation on the coronavirus. Johnson announced new restrictions to combat the second wave of Covid-19.

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October

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Decommissioned cruise ships in Turkey. Due to the pandemic, which led to a crisis in the tourism industry, some cruise ships were decommissioned earlier than expected. Liners from the USA and Great Britain are sent for scrap.

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A woman mourns the body of her brother, who was killed by a rocket attack. Ten years of tension around the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh grew into an open war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. On September 27, the Azerbaijani side fired at settlements, as well as military units in Karabakh. On November 9, the parties signed an agreement to end the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev announced victory in the war for the region.

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USA Final Debate Party. A second round of debate took place between the incumbent President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Due to the fact that candidates constantly interrupted each other during the first round, the independent Presidential Debate Commission decided to change the rules for conducting discussions. The innovation was that the microphone of one presidential candidate was muted during the speech of another. This may have been the reason why the discussion on October 22 took place in a more friendly tone.

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November

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris delivered their first addresses to the nation as President-elect and Vice President. "I will be a president who will not divide, but unite. I am not going to divide the states into democratic and republican - there is only the United States," Biden said. Kamala Harris became the first elected female vice president of the United States.

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In Izmir, Turkey, a girl was rescued on the fourth day after the earthquake. She spent almost 91 hours under the rubble. On October 30, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Turkey, causing the destruction of houses in Izmir province. At least 114 people died, more than 1,000 injured.

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A protester uses a shield as a defense against water cannons during anti-government rallies in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters gathered outside the parliament building, demanding deep constitutional reform, the removal of the prime minister, former junta leader Prayut Chan-ohi, and the limitation of the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. At least 55 people were injured during clashes between protesters and police.

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December

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December 14. Dr. Michelle Chester vaccinated Sandra Lindsey, an intensive care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Lindsey was the first person in New York to be vaccinated by Pfizer / BioNTech. She was among the first people in the United States to receive the vaccine.

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Children are not sitting on Santa's lap during these New Years. Santa himself sits behind a screen and wears a protective visor.

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Many events that took place in 2020 have changed the world we are used to. And we will find out very soon what surprises 2021 has prepared. Let's believe that they will be mostly pleasant.

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