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In Pictures: Public places stand abandoned in time of virus

Updated : 2020-03-23 14:11:20

When the world’s public places empty out as humanity cocoons in self-protection, Earth’s human-built and natural landmarks are freed to reveal some of their less frequently shared secrets.

People walk past closed shops and restaurants near the La Sagrada Familia basilica, centre, in Barcelona. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
People walk past closed shops and restaurants near the La Sagrada Familia basilica, centre, in Barcelona. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
South Korean tourists Myung Hee Lee, left, and Byung Ho Im, form a heart with their hands as they pose for pictures atop the Pyramid of the Moon, in Teotihuacan, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
South Korean tourists Myung Hee Lee, left, and Byung Ho Im, form a heart with their hands as they pose for pictures atop the Pyramid of the Moon, in Teotihuacan, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
People walk along the virtually empty Grand Place in downtown Brussels. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
People walk along the virtually empty Grand Place in downtown Brussels. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
An elderly woman watches Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
An elderly woman watches Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
The Obelisk landmark stands high above an empty Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
The Obelisk landmark stands high above an empty Corrientes Avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
The Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate is empty in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate is empty in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
A woman wearing a face mask walks over a near-empty Westminster Bridge backdropped by the London Eye Ferris wheel in central London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A woman wearing a face mask walks over a near-empty Westminster Bridge backdropped by the London Eye Ferris wheel in central London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A sparsely occupied Grand Central Station in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
A sparsely occupied Grand Central Station in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
A view of empty Piazza Navona in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A view of empty Piazza Navona in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A woman walks through a lightly trafficked Times Square in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A woman walks through a lightly trafficked Times Square in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Pigeons walk on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Pigeons walk on the Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
People walk along the Las Vegas Strip devoid of the usual crowds after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
People walk along the Las Vegas Strip devoid of the usual crowds after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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