But amid the lockdowns there are still some places where people are determined that normal life should continue.
Russian President Putin had planned to hold a referendum on April 22 on a constitutional amendment that could allow him remain in power until 2036.
Legislation to prepare for the referendum passed through the Russian parliament at breakneck speed, but the vote was postponed on March 25.
Bolivia has put its May presidential election – a rerun of the contested vote in October that led to the resignation of Evo Morales – on hold while Serbia delayed a general election until a state of emergency is lifted.
On November 3, the United States is scheduled to hold a presidential election, and there has been some speculation that Donald Trump may try to delay it.