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Leading by example: World leaders wearing face masks – in pictures

World

May 28th, 2020

A mural in Berlin depicts masked presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump holds up a protective face shield during a tour of the Ford Rawsonville plant, in Michigan. The president said he did not want to give the press ‘the pleasure’ of seeing him in a mask

Slovakia’s president, Zuzana Čaputová, left, and the actor Martin Huba wear face masks as they visit the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava

The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, centre, wears a silky black mask as he leaves the Senate in Rome after an announcement on phase two of the coronavirus lockdown

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, takes off his mask to speak to the media at his official residence in Tokyo

Belgium’s prime minister, Sophie Wilmès, visits the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, wears a mask as he gestures to a coronavirus patient and medical staff via a video link with Huoshenshan hospital in Wuhan

The Argentine president, Alberto Fernandez, greets a worker at a Volkswagen factory in Buenos Aires after it restarted production

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, left, salutes the national flag ahead of a cabinet meeting at the presidential office in Seoul

Nepal’s president, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, wears a mask and gloves on her arrival at the parliament in Kathmandu

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, wears a yellow protective suit on his visit to the Novomoskovsky medical centre for coronavirus patients, in Kommunarka

Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, and the Russian ambassador Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, bump elbows at Miraflores Palace in Caracas

Serbia’s prime minister, Ana Brnabić, attends parliament in Belgrade

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, left, wears a protective suit during a visit to a face mask factory in Saint-Barthelemy-d’Anjou, near Angers

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Benny Gantz, Netanyahu’s partner in his new unity government, wear masks during a swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem

The South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, wears a mask during a visit to the National Medical Centre in Seoul