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Doctors skip big wedding, delay honeymoon to fight coronavirus a thousand miles apart

Doctors skip big wedding, delay honeymoon to fight coronavirus a thousand miles apart

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. – Kashif Chaudhry and Naila Shereen wed in a private ceremony at a mosque in Hawthorne, New Jersey, last Friday without guests or fanfare.  

It was a far cry from the lavish multi-day Pakistani-style wedding they’d planned. They were to host 400-plus people in London, followed by a reception in a bucolic English village and a honeymoon in Dubai and the Maldives.

Instead, after a Saturday dinner and a second ceremony at her parents’ home, with relatives joining in online, they said their goodbyes and went to work at their respective hospitals – 1,000 miles apart. They are medical doctors, and their life as newlyweds would have to wait amid the raging pandemic, they both agreed.

“We are ready to do our part to save as many lives as we can. The worst isn’t even here yet,” said Chaudhry, a former Englewood resident who practices in Cedar

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Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Spanish couple hold wedding from their window to beat coronavirus lockdown

Nearly a year of planning had gone into the day: fresh flowers filled the venue, name cards sat at each of the 190 place settings and the final nips and tucks had been sewn into the bridal gown.

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What Alba Díaz and Daniel Camino hadn’t anticipated, however, was that their wedding would instead be forced into the confines of Spain’s near-total lockdown, with the bride and groom shouting “I do” as they leaned out of their apartment window, neighbours cheering them on.

The improvised ceremony was a bright moment in an otherwise grim week across Spain and around the world. Coronavirus has tightened its grip on Spain, claiming more than 1,000 lives and sending the number of confirmed cases rocketing to nearly 20,000.

Last week, as they watched the number of Spanish cases climb, Díaz and Camino wrestled with the decision of

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