This aerial view shows the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg, recently. The mines are a critical cog in South Africa's already struggling economy, contributing eight percent to the GDP of Africa's most industrialised economy. They are also one of South Africa's largest employers, with nearly half million workers. But confined underground working conditions risk becoming breeding grounds for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
People wearing face masks walk through a shopping district in central Sydney on Tuesday. Almost 100 people have died and 7,000 cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Australia, but with new daily infections now in low double digits, the government has been keen to reopen the economy.
In this file photo taken recently a Job Centre Plus sign is pictured in central London. British unemployment jumped in the first quarter on the back of coronavirus, despite a lockdown being imposed only near the end of the period, official data showed on Tuesday. The total number of unemployed people rose 50,000 to 1.3 million in three months.
A clothing store's shop assistant receives a customer at her shop in Madrid recently amid a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Spain began last week a three-phase plan to end lockdowns for half the country by the end of June. The lockdown measures initially imposed were among the strictest in Europe.
People head into the sea on Hua Hin beach in Thailand on Tuesday. Thailand's economy is expected to shrink more than six percent this year as the coronavirus outbreak shatters the country's crucial tourism industry, with all flights into the country banned until the end of June.
This file photo taken on recently shows a view of the headquarters of German carmaker BMW in Munich, southern Germany, before the group presents its financial results for 2019. Europe's auto market plunged further in April, with sales down by 76.3 percent from the same month a year earlier, figures released on Tuesday.
South Bangla Agriculture and Commerce (SBAC) Bank Chairman SM Amzad Hossain presides over the 105th board of directors meeting of the bank through video conference in the capital on Tuesday. Bank’s Vice-Chairman Talukdar Abdul Kaleque was also present on the occasion.