As the deadly coronavirus expands across the world, people in every country are being told to stay home, practice social distancing and avoid public places.
The result is a profound impact on transportation, daily activities and even recreation in many countries. Planes and rental cars are idle at airports. Tourists and sight-seers are the rare exception instead of the norm. Places of worship are vacant.
These then/now pairings show the coronavirus’s effect on various points around the globe. Use the slider to compare the scene before and after the coronavirus’s arrival.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Satellite imagery of Phoenix’s runways show the dent in air traffic as well as the decline in motor vehicle activity in the rental car areas of the airport:
Bethesda Fountain in New York City’s Central Park
Satellite images show a decline in visitors to the architectural features overlooking The Lake in New York City’s Central Park.
Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon’s Commerce Square, near the Tagus river, sits nearly empty on March 17.
Statue of Liberty
The National Park Service has suspended operations at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island due to the coronavirus outbreak. A reopening date has not been announced.
Killington Ski Resort, Vermont
Ski resorts have suspended operations through at least March 22 because of the COVID-19 virus.
Imam Reza Shrine, Iran
The ornately decorated shrine has been closed to pilgrims until further notice.
Salt Lake City International Airport
Several airlines have slashed flights as demand has sharply declined. All flights were grounded at Salt Lake City Airport on Wednesday morning after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook the area.
SOURCE Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies