Photos show how coronavirus has impacted crowds at landmarks

Bustling tourist destinations just a year ago are now almost vacant.

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.

Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

The Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia