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Coronavirus: How the world’s streets are emptying

Millennium Bridge in London during rush hour (HANNAH MCKAY / REUTERS)

The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to the emptying of public spaces around the world, whether by government decree or by more personal responses.

A woman walks across an empty Millennium Bridge during rush hour
HANNAH MCKAY / REUTERS – A woman walks across an empty Millennium Bridge during London’s rush hour. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said everyone in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to curb coronavirus
A man looks at the Mediterranean sea
(VALERY HACHE / GETTY) A man looks at the Mediterranean on the Promenade des Anglais in the French Riviera city of Nice. A strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect on Tuesday
A picture taken with a drone shows an empty beach closed to visitors, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
(MAHMOUD KHALED / EPA) A picture taken with a drone shows an empty beach closed to visitors, in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates has shut major tourism and cultural venues, including parks and beaches, until 30 March, in addition to suspending issuing all visas to foreigners
The deserted Piazza Duomo in Milan, Italy
(DANIEL DAL ZENNARO / EPA) The deserted Piazza Duomo in Milan. Across Italy the government has put measures in place restricting people’s movements and ordering the closure of shops except food stores and pharmacies
Empty Safdarjung Tomb monument in New Delhi, India
(ADNAN ABIDI / REUTERS) The empty Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi, where government has halted large gatherings
A practically empty Francisco de Miranda Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela.
(MIGUEL GUTIERREZ / EPA) A practically empty Francisco de Miranda Avenue in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuelan security forces are visiting the main neighbourhoods of Caracas to encourage citizens to confine themselves to their homes, close businesses and maintain preventive measures
Empty street is seen in Manhattan
(JEENAH MOON / REUTERS) New York City is closing schools, restaurants, bars and other venues
Spanish soldiers, members of Army Emergency Unit,
(FERNANDO VILLAR / EPA) In the town of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, soldiers patrol an empty street. Across Spain, people are banned from leaving home except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or to go to work
People sitting at an empty square in the centre of Vienna
(HELMUT FOHRINGER / AFP) In Vienna, two people sit in an empty square. The Austrian government is banning gatherings of more than five people
People walk along the empty Corniche in Sidon, Lebanon
(ALI HASHISHO / REUTERS) A few people walk along the Corniche in Sidon, after Lebanon declared a medical state of emergency
A lone couple take a tourist boat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. 16 March
(LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) A couple take a tourist boat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, where visitor numbers have plunged