As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rock cities and countries across the globe, a number of governments are taking drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus. One of the main measures has been mandated quarantines. As a result, many of these cities' most-visited spaces are now eerily deserted, when we are used to seeing them busy and bustling. Here are photos of 15 famous places before and after the coronavirus outbreak.
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Grand Central Station, NYC (Jan. 13, 2009):
A busy transit concourse on any other day.
Grand Central Station, NYC (March 5, 2020):
It may still look busy, but New Yorkers have noticed a significant decrease in traffic.
Trevi Fountain, Rome (Jan. 29, 2020):
A popular tourist attraction full of people from all over the world, taking selfies and making wishes.
Trevi Fountain, Rome (March 12, 2020):
Now, under Italy's mandatory quarantine, the fountain is deserted—no wishes in sight.
Hong Kong Disneyland (Sept. 30, 2013):
The happiest place on Earth, normally full of joyous visitors.
Hong Kong Disneyland (Jan. 26, 2020):
The park and many others in Hong Kong shut down during China's outbreak.
Meiji Jingū, Tokyo (April 28, 2018):
This shrine in Tokyo, while popular, is normally a place of serenity and calm.
Meiji Jingū, Tokyo (March 12, 2020):
It's still calm and quiet, but now for a different reason.
Spanish Steps, Rome (Aug. 7, 2019):
The steps are normally bustling and full of life (and people sometimes struggling to get to the top).