Migrant workers across the country started walking towards their homes during the nationwide lockdown after they faced financial problems | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Migrant workers across the country started walking towards their homes during the nationwide lockdown after they faced financial problems | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
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New Delhi: This year was all about the pandemic. Issues centering around the novel coronavirus grabbed almost all headlines. From the nationwide lockdown in March, the subsequent migrant crisis, rising number of Covid-19 deaths, an entire country working from home, online classes and an economic crisis, 2020 saw it all.

ThePrint’s photographers Praveen Jain, Manisha Mondal and Suraj Singh Bisht bring you the best of the news pictures that showed the pandemic unfold.

On 22 March PM Narendra Modi announced Janta Curfew (one day nationwide lockdown). A deserted view of the forever crowded Delhi's Connaught Place on a Sunday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
On 22 March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a janta curfew (a one-day nationwide lockdown). A deserted view of the otherwise crowded Connaught Place in Delhi that Sunday afternoon | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
In the last week of May, Over 200 have tested positive for COVID-19 from among many who had gathered in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat. All patients were taken to a isolation centre | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
In the last week of May, over 200 people tested positive for Covid-19 among those who had gathered in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat. All patients were taken to an isolation centre | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Two kids near Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border running to board a vehicle to their home | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Two youth run to hitch a ride home near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in April when swarms of migrants left cities to go back to their hometowns and villages | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
In Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, children stand at the main gate of village school that has been converted into an isolation centre | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
In Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, children stand in front of the main gate of a village school that was converted into an isolation centre for migrants who had returned | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
In Uttar Pradesh, people have kept their shoes to secure a place in the food distribution queue | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People use their shoes to hold their place while queueing up for food at an isolation centre in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A family walks on the Agra highway from Delhi as they could not get any vehicle | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A family walks on the highway from Delhi to Agra after failing to board one of the government arranged buses | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A kid runs towards the meal distribution centre in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Children run towards a meal distribution centre in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The migrants queueing up to board buses organised by the Delhi government at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, New Delhi. Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Migrant workers wait in long, serpentine queues to board buses organised by the Delhi government, at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
At a Covid care centre in Vadodara, Gujarat, 50-year-old Sanjay Kumar Parekh salutes his 85-year-old mother Shardaben, who recovered from Covid. Parekh was taking care of his mother | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At a Covid Care Centre in Gujarat’s Vadodara, 50-year-old Sanjay Kumar Parekh salutes his 85-year-old mother Shardaben, who recovered from Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
In Delhi's Jahangirpuri, people inside a containment zone seek help from the other side of the Delhi Police barricades | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
In Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, people inside a containment zone seek help from the other side of a Delhi Police barricade | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Migrant workers travelling from Banaras to Bihar wait for their turn to board the bus. Their temperature and other details were taken before they would leave | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
Migrant workers travelling from Benaras to Bihar wait for their turn to board a bus. Their body temperatures and other details were taken before they boarded the vehicles | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
A sex worker does her household chores. Most days are spent managing the home and worrying about the future during the lockdown months | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A sex worker carries out her household chores. The pandemic completely shut down business for these workers, who spent most days worrying about the future | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People who recovered from Covid-19 stand for a group photograph, albeit with social distancing, in the lawn of the quarantine centre at Vadodara | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
People who recovered from Covid-19 stand for a group photograph, with proper social distancing in place, on the lawn of a quarantine centre in Vadodara | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Thousands of migrant workers from Bihar gathered at a school in Delhi Chhatarpur as they receive message with boarding details. Desperate to reach home, migrant workers fight to get ahead in the queue | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Desperate to reach home, migrant workers fight to get ahead in a queue for buses at Delhi’s Chhatarpur area | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
While travelling from New Delhi railway station to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, three members of a family hang masks on hooks that would otherwise hold curtains in the AC compartment of a Rajdhani train | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Masks hang on hooks inside a train going from New Delhi to Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. The family was using the hooks that would have otherwise held the curtains inside the AC compartment of the Rajdhani train | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
At Jadid Qabristan, a covid designated burial ground | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Workers use cloth harnesses to place the body of a deceased coronavirus patient inside a grave at Jadid Qabristan Ahle Islam cemetery in Delhi, a Covid-19 designated burial ground | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A Christian family at the funeral of their family member at Alpha Omega Christian Welfare Cemetery in Mongolpuri that is designated as Covid cemetery | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A Christian family at a funeral at the Alpha Omega Christian Welfare Cemetery in Delhi’s Mangolpuri. This is also a designated Covid-19 cemetery | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Body of a seven month old Azhar, who died of Covid-19 was buried at Delhi's Jadid Qabristan by the graveyard authorities. His family did not do the last rites as they were struggling to eat and staying in Delhi was proving difficult too | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The body of seven-month-old Azhar, who died of Covid-19, was buried at Delhi’s Jadid Qabristan by graveyard authorities. His family was unable to perform the last rites due to lack of funds, which forced them to leave Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Amrit Bhai Panchal, a 64-year-old Covid-19 patient, sings 'Gulaabi aankhein' for a group of doctors and paramedics to lighten the mood inside the covid ward of a hospital in Ahmedabad | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Amrit Bhai Panchal, a 64-year-old Covid-19 patient, sings ‘Gulaabi aankhein’ for a group of doctors and paramedics inside a Covid-19 ward of a hospital in Ahmedabad | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At one of the cremation ground of Surat, Abdul Rehman Malbari, who is the care taker, gives Gangajal to the deceased in with accordance with Hindu last rites | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
At a cremation ground in Surat, Abdul Rehman Malbari, a caretaker, gives ‘Gangajal’ to a deceased patient, in accordance with the Hindu custom  | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
After sixty-eight inmates at Vadodara Central Jail tested positive for Covid-19 , 64 of them were shifted to a Vadodara Municipal Corporation-owned guesthouse called Lalbaug Atithigruh, which has been converted into an isolation Covid-19 facility | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Prisoners eat a meal at a Vadodara Municipal Corporation-owned guesthouse, called Lalbaug Atithigruh. As many as 64 of them were shifted here after 68 inmates at the Vadodara Central Jail tested positive for Covid-19. The guesthouse was converted into an isolation facility | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
All the Covid-positive inmates have to wear handcuffs | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
All Covid-19 positive inmates were in handcuffs at the isolation centre | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Few locals gathered to get themselves tested for coronavirus as they saw a mobile testing van passing by in Sahnewal village near Ludhiana | Praveen Jain | ThePrint.
Locals gathered by a mobile testing van in Sahnewal village near Ludhiana to get tested for the novel coronavirus. Punjab has consistently recorded the highest case fatality rate in India for several months now | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
During the third wave of Covid in Delhi, number of deaths increased. A family offers last prayers to the deceased | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A family prays for a loved one while performing the last rites. Delhi saw its cases jump during the third wave of Covid-19 in November | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
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