Coronavirus: Masked statues around the world - in pictures

Statues from Buenos Aires to St Petersburg have been decorated with protective masks

Carouge, Switzerland. A bronze statue depicting cartoon character Titeuf. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via  via Getty Images

Carouge, Switzerland. A bronze statue depicting cartoon character Titeuf. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via via Getty Images

 
Montreaux, Switzerland: Statue of Freddie Mercury adorned with a surgical mask and a sign reading ‘stay home’. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
Montreaux, Switzerland: Statue of Freddie Mercury adorned with a surgical mask and a sign reading ‘stay home’. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA
Edinburgh, Scotland: The Greyfriars Bobby statue Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Edinburgh, Scotland: The Greyfriars Bobby statue Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Melbourne, Australia: The Three Business Men Who Brought Their Own Lunch statues on Swanston street. Photograph: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images
Melbourne, Australia: The Three Business Men Who Brought Their Own Lunch statues on Swanston street. Photograph: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images
Vienna, Austria: The statue of Johann Nestroy adorned with a protective mask. Photograph: Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images
Vienna, Austria: The statue of Johann Nestroy adorned with a protective mask. Photograph: Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images
St Petersburg, Russia: Statue of Ostap Bender, a character of satirical novels by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. Photograph: Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images
St Petersburg, Russia: Statue of Ostap Bender, a character of satirical novels by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. Photograph: Peter Kovalev\TASS via Getty Images
Buenos Aires, Argentina Statue of late musician Astor Piazzolla. Photograph: Fabian Gastiarena/Getty Images
Buenos Aires, Argentina Statue of late musician Astor Piazzolla. Photograph: Fabian Gastiarena/Getty Images
Manchester, UK. State of queen Victoria. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Manchester, UK: State of queen Victoria. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images
Istanbul, Turkey: Statue of Alex de Souza Photograph: Sebnem Coskun /Getty Images
Istanbul, Turkey: Statue of Alex de Souza Photograph: Sebnem Coskun /Getty Images
Vilnius, Lithuania: Statue dedicated to the Jewish doctor and activist Tsemakh Shabad. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images
Vilnius, Lithuania: Statue dedicated to the Jewish doctor and activist Tsemakh Shabad. Photograph: Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images
Brussels, Belgium: The Manneken-Pis statue. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images
Brussels, Belgium: The Manneken-Pis statue. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images
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