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

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

An art seller by the side of the road in Cape Town, South Africa - Friday 20 March 2020Image copyright EPA
Image caption A craft market usually bustling with tourists is almost deserted on Friday because of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Cape Town, South Africa…
A free diver approaches a Kelp forest in the Indian Ocean, False Bay, Cape Town - Saturday 21 March 2020Image copyright EPA
Image caption The next day, a diver in the ocean off Cape Town approaches a kelp forest – the seaweed can sometimes exceed 15m (49ft) in length.
Members of the Senegalese graffiti collective RBS Crew painting a wall at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal - Saturday 21 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption 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.
Orthodox priests blessing the streets in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Thursday 26 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Thursday, Orthodox priests in Ethiopia priests blessing the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, with incense to keep coronavirus away…
A man cries during mass in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya - Sunday 22 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A man sheds tears during prayers to stop the spread of coronavirus in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, on Sunday.
A Catholic procession through Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Sunday 22 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption 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…
Children raise their arms as Eric Norbert Abekan travels past in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - Sunday 20 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Here children raise their hand as his open-top vehicle cruises past…
A worshipper expresses joy during church service at Living Faith Church in Abuja, Nigeria - Sunday 22 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption 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…
Two choir members attend the service at the Methodist Church of Trinity in Lagos, Nigeria - Sunday 22 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The Methodist Church of Trinity in Nigeria’s economic hub of Lagos complied with the order on Sunday as this depleted choir stall shows.
A woman cast her vote at a polling station in Conakry, Guinea - Sunday 22 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A woman in Guinea votes in a controversial referendum on a new constitution on Sunday which provoked deadly protests,
A worker wearing a protective suit disinfects a globe-shaped public garden in Algiers, Algeria - Monday 23 March 2020Image copyright Reuters
Image caption On Monday, it is time to disinfect the world and it falls to this worker at a globe-shaped public garden in Algeria.
A worker piles up roses in a greenhouse at a flower farm in Kiambu County in Kenya - Tuesday 24 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption 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.
Gonzaga Yiga, a 49-year-old community chairperson, appeals to residents - Tuesday 24 March 2020Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption 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.
A man skateboarding next to the closed Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town, South Africa - Wednesday 25 March 2020Image copyright EPA
Image caption With beaches closed in South Africa because of coronavirus, a surfer switches to skateboarding in Cape Town on Wednesday
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A woman selling lemon at the Ambodivona market in Antananarivo, Madagascar - Thursday 26 March 2020Image copyright AFP
Image caption 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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