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The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on April 6.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

This aerial photo, taken on April 5, shows an empty Guanabara Park in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A lone taxi drives over a typically gridlocked highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on April 6.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Caution tape is looped around Mexico City park benches to discourage people from sitting on them on April 4.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Children play on an empty residential street in Matawan, New Jersey, on April 1.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

In Washington, a mostly empty North Capitol Street is seen at dusk on March 31.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Two police officers in Moscow patrol an almost empty Red Square on March 30.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The University of Texas campus is quiet in Austin on March 29.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Empty swings hang at the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 28. It was the second day of the country’s nationwide lockdown.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A road in Mumbai, India, is deserted on March 28.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A jogger runs past Nationals Park in Washington on March 26. It would have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

An empty subway train is seen in New York on March 17.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A pedestrian looks at a map at the Zermatt ski resort in Switzerland on March 18.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Light traffic moves along a freeway in downtown Los Angeles on March 20.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A cleric prays in an empty mosque in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 20.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A monkey crosses the road near India’s Presidential Palace in New Delhi on March 22.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A single sunbather remains following the closure of Sydney’s Bondi Beach on March 21.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

People walk along the Las Vegas Strip on March 18 after casinos were ordered to shut down.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The Seattle Times’ newsroom is empty on March 12. Employees have been working remotely.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A woman in New York walks through a lightly trafficked Times Square on March 16.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A musician plays the violin on March 17 at a train station in Kiev, Ukraine.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The parking lot is nearly empty at The Village shopping mall in Corte Madera, California, on March 17.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Pope Francis delivers his blessing to an empty St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on March 15.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Alianza Lima and Racing Club play a professional soccer match in an empty stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 12.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Music stands are placed in front of empty audience seats at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, Germany, on March 12.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The rotunda at the US Capitol is empty after the last tour group passed through on March 12. All public tours were suspended until the end of March.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The Oculus transportation hub in New York was mostly devoid of commuters and tourists on March 15.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Stacked furniture is seen inside the closed Cafe de Flore in Paris on March 15.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The visitors locker room is empty after an NHL game in Washington on March 12. The league later announced that it has suspended its season.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A bullfighting arena is empty on March 11 after events were suspended in South Korea’s Cheongdo County.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A teacher walks in an empty public school in Labastida, Spain, on March 11.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Police officers patrol the empty Trocadero plaza next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris on March 17.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

An empty passenger compartment on a train traveling from Shinjuku to Hakone in Japan on March 3.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

This aerial photo shows the empty Legend Siam theme park in Pattaya, Thailand, on March 8.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Senior pastor Troy Dobbs speaks to empty pews during a service March 15 at the Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The church presented a sermon and worship music to an estimated 3,500 online viewers.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Restaurant seats stand empty in Covent Garden in London on March 13.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, is normally surrounded by people in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. But it was nearly empty on March 6.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A passenger walks in the empty check-in area of the Beijing Daxing International Airport on March 3.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

An empty movie theater in Kochi, India, on March 11.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A hall is empty inside a train station in Jerusalem on March 11.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The National Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 10. The Czech government banned events hosting more than 100 people.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The reflection of conductor Mate Hamori is seen as he conducts the Danubia Orchestra without an audience at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, on March 13.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

An inside view of the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium, on March 11. More than 100 programs in the building were canceled.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle was virtually empty on March 10. Amazon recommended employees there to work from home.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Seats are unoccupied at a professional soccer match in Mönchengladbach, Germany, on March 11. The “ghost match” was played without fans.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Just a few people are seen inside the Milan Cathedral in Milan, Italy, on March 4. It had reopened to the public after a week of closure.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The Missouri Senate chamber sits empty on March 12 after senators adjourned for the day and announced they would not reconvene in a full session until at least March 30.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

The Louvre museum in Paris was shut down on March 1.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Empty chairs are seen on a beach in Phuket, Thailand, on March 11.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Staff members walk inside the Venetian Macau after it closed its casino on February 5.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Lights remain on inside an empty classroom at the Sapienza University of Rome on March 4.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

Horses gallop past empty public stands at the Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong on February 23.

The coronavirus is leaving empty spaces everywhere

A delivery worker wearing a face mask walks at a nearly empty shopping mall in Beijing on February 27.


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