From the air: Coronavirus turns public places into ghost towns

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

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