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In pictures: the impact of coronavirus, seen from above


Jun. 03, 2020

Coronavirus lockdowns have cleared parks, streets and famous landmarks around the world. From São Paulo to Santorini, aerial photos reveal the impact of the pandemic.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public spaces have emptied. Even from ground level, the change is clear – landmarks are deserted and our roads free of cars – but from up high, the contrast is even more stark.
As restrictions start to ease, these pictures are a reminder of the extraordinary changes seen around the world.
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Time to stay home
18 March - One of the world’s most famous spots, Times Square, New York, is much quieter than usual.
The human cost
2 April - Workers preparing more graves at Brazil’s largest cemetery, Vila Formosa in São Paulo.
The impact on religion
24 April - Mecca’s Grand Mosque is deserted on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.
A rollercoaster ride
30 April - This Japanese theme park has been closed to the public during the pandemic.
Tourism troubles
7 May - No people to be seen in Oia, on the (usually) popular Greek island of Santorini.
Sunbathing circles
21 May - In San Francisco's Dolores park, circles have been painted to help with social distancing.
Any spaces?
21 May - The car park of this New Jersey mall is empty, with only tyre marks visible from above.
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