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An aerial view of the almost empty Paulista Avenue, one of Sao Paulo most important financial centre, on the first day of quarantine. Brazil.
An aerial view of the almost empty Paulista Avenue, one of Sao Paulo most important financial centre, on the first day of quarantine. Brazil.   -   Copyright  Andre Penner/AP Photo

In pictures: Deserted cities as anti-coronavirus lockdowns introduced around the globe

Many cities and towns around the globe are looking completely deserted, as governments introduce tougher measures in a bid to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus COVID-19.

Tourist destinations and business hubs that used to be packed with people are now quieter than anyone could have imagined, locals say.

People have been requested to self-isolate, while various travel bans have been put in place. Bars, restaurants and entertainment centres have all been ordered to close.

Scroll down for photographs showing world cities changing as a result of the anti-coronavirus restriction measures being introduced.

The 110 Freeeway is nearly empy in downtown Los Angeles, California. - Bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Los Angeles were ordered to close from midnight on Sunday, 15 March.APU GOMES/AFP
The US Capitol in Washington DC, USA.SAUL LOEB/ AFP
A woman walks across the deserted Vittorio Emanuele II galleria shopping mall in Milan, ItalyMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP
Gran Via looks empty in Madrid after regional authorities introduced tougher measures in order to slow the coronavirus spreadJAVIER SORIANO / AFP
Ludovic Marin/ AFP
An empty area in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as a strict lockdown comes into in effect in France to stop the spread of COVID-19Ludovic Marin/ AFP
A Parisian street leading to the Madeleine Church appears empty as a strict lockdown comes into in effect in France to stop the spread of COVID-19.JOEL SAGET/ AFP
A few tourists walk along Circular Quay in Sydney after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before.PETER PARKS/ AFPPETER PARKS
View of the empty Plaza de Armas as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in La Paz, BoliviaAIZAR RALDES/AFP
Aerial view of an empty road at the Paso Internacional Los Libertadores in the Andes, Chile.JAVIER TORRES / AFP
Bob Edme/AP Photo
A view of the almost empty beach in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France.Bob Edme/AP Photo
A man wearing a protection mask walks by the Spanish Steps at a deserted Piazza di Spagna in central RomeAlberto PIZZOLI / AFP
Darko Bandic/AP Photo
This aerial photo shows a square and restaurants in the medieval old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which would normally be full of tourists and residentsDarko Bandic/AP Photo
An escalator in the empty Wuhan Tianhe airport in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province.STR/ AFP
A rare pedestrians walk through Trafalgar Square in central London. Britain ramped up its response to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.Tolga AKMEN/ AFP
Johannes EISELE/ AFP
A woman wearing a mask crosses the street in Times Square in Manhattan.Johannes EISELE/ AFP
Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
With the Washington Monument in the background, people run by cherry blossoms at the almost empty Tidal Basin bank, in Washington, USAAndrew Harnik/AP Photo
Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo
The usually bustling state Capitol rotunda is empty in Sacramento, California, USARich Pedroncelli/AP Photo
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo
A reporter gets ready to broadcast at a near-empty Santa Monica Pier after a temporary closure as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Los Angeles, USA.Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoMarcio Jose Sanchez
Chris O'Meara/AP Photo
Empty beach chairs on North Beach in Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA. Beach goers are keeping a safe distance to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.Chris O'Meara/AP Photo
Jeff Roberson/AP Photo
A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty Kiener Plaza Park, in St. Louis, Missouri, USAJeff Roberson/AP Photo
Aerial view of the empty financial center in Quito, Ecuador after the government announced state of emergency as a measure to fight the spread of Coronavirus.RODRIGO BUENDIA/ AFP
Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo
An armored vehicle guards an intersection on Abancay avenue, after the government implemented restrictions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Lima, PeruRodrigo Abd/AP Photo
Charles Krupa/ AP Photo
Two women walk with bags of groceries down a nearly empty Broadway on St. Patrick’s Day in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, USA.Charles Krupa/ AP Photo
Laurent Cipriani/AP Photo
Empty streets and bridges are seen in the centre of Lyon, France.Laurent Cipriani/AP Photo
Aaron Favila/AP Photo
A motorcycle passes by almost empty street as the enhanced community quarantine is enforced to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in downtown Manila, PhilippinesAaron Favila/AP Photo
Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva / AFP
An aerial picture shows the courtyard of Jätkäsaari primary school, that remains empty as all public schools are closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva / AFP
Hussein Malla/ AP Photo
A street is empty after most of the shops and restaurants closed as part of the preventive measures against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Beirut, LebanonHussein Malla/ AP Photo


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