Photos show how coronavirus has impacted crowds at landmarks
Bustling tourist destinations just a year ago are now almost vacant.
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As the novel
coronavirus—named COVID-19—has spread globally, popular tourist destinations have seen a steep drop in visitation, either by local mandate or concern over possible transmission in crowded spaces. Saudi Arabia decided on Friday to reopen two of the most holy religious sites in Islam in Mecca and Medina since they were closed to visitors for sterilization, according to state TV. Saudi Arabia to date has at least five cases of COVID-19.
In a series of stark photos, some tourist sites are nearly vacant from a year ago since COVID-19 has generated public
health concerns across the world. Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy Tourists fill the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy, April 20, 2019. A woman wearing a mask poses for photos at the bottom of the Spanish Steps, in Rome, March 5, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. Angkor Wat, Cambodia Tourists visit the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, March 16, 2019. Tourists visit Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, March 5, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea Tourists take photos as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul, Oct.24, 2016. Visitors wearing face masks, amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walk through a courtyard of Gyeongbokgung palace in central Seoul on March 6, 2020. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China Tourists pose for a selfie photograph at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, March 4, 2018. Security officials wear face masks as they march in formation near Tiananmen Gate adjacent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Jan. 27, 2020, during the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, Feb. 27, 2020. General view of Kaaba at the Grand Mosque which is almost empty of worshippers, after Saudi authority suspended umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) amid the fear of coronavirus outbreak, at Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, March 6, 2020.