NEWS agency Reuters has gathered together its most stunning pictures of 2020 which saw the world scarred by the Covid pandemic.
Many people will only be too glad to see the back of 2020 which saw the coronavirus sweep across the world leaving 1.7million people dead.
German doctors reanimate a Covid patient in a special isolation chamber ‘IsoArk’[/caption]
BLM supporter Patrick Hutchinson carries an injured counter-protester to safety, near Waterloo station during a Black Lives Matter protest[/caption]
The year also saw Britain remove itself from the EU bloc with the end of year marking the date it becomes an independent country – unless the politicians decide to extend the withdrawal period again.
A hero called Patrick Hutchinson also emerged as the Black Lives Matter movement grew in prominence.
Hutchinson, a BLM supporter, was pictured carrying a counter-demonstrator to safety when violent clashes broke out in London following the death of George Floyd in the US.
Over in the US, Donald Trump’s presidency looks to be drawing to an end after he lost the election to rival Joe Biden – but Trump still maintains he won and refuses to concede.
With all the tumultuous events, 2020 was a year few people will forget in a hurry.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards in London in March[/caption]
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rips up the speech of US President Donald Trump after his State of the Union address[/caption]
A surfer takes some air off a wave while surfing after sunset in Cardiff, California, in January[/caption]
A man waves a British flag on Brexit day in London, on January 31[/caption]
A migrant carries her belongings following a fire at the Moria camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, in September[/caption]
Anurak Jeantawanich, 52, pushes against police officers during an anti-government protest in Bangkok in October[/caption]
Dogs wear masks at a main shopping area in Shanghai, China, in February[/caption]
Protesters react as they set fire to the entrance of a police station as demonstrations continued in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd[/caption]
A home is seen fully engulfed in flames during the Glass Fire in St. Helena, California on September 27[/caption]
Women cry as their relatives are missing under the debris of a blast site hit by a rocket during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan[/caption]
A participant embraces a member of Belarusian Interior Ministry troops, who stands guard during an opposition demonstration in Minsk to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results[/caption]
Galiya, 29, who is homeless, looks out from a makeshift shelter in Omsk, Russia, February 14[/caption]
An adult male jaguar named Ousado rests during treatment for burn injuries on his paws after a fire in Pantanal, Brazil[/caption]
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Brighton & Hove Albion’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores their first goal against Chelsea during the Premier League on January 1[/caption]
Medical workers in protective suits attend to coronavirus patients at the intensive care unit of a designated hospital in Wuhan, Hubei province, China[/caption]
Men dressed in loincloths prepare to snatch a wooden stick called “shingi” tossed by the priest during a naked festival at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan[/caption]