Coronavirus: Tourist hotspots deserted as virus spreads

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The outbreak of coronavirus is having major repercussions on the movement of people across the world, affecting many popular tourist attractions.

A waiter stands by empty tables outside a restaurant at St Mark's Square after Italy's government adopted a decree with emergency new measures to contain the coronavirus, in Venice. March 5, 2020.Image source, Reuters
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A waiter stands by empty tables outside a restaurant in St Mark's Square, Venice, usually one of the world's most vistited cities.
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A more typical picture of the Square taken during Carnival season in March 2019.
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An aerial view of Mecca's Grand Mosque, empty of worshippers, on 5 March, when the site underwent a deep clean to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
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Only about a week before, crowds of Muslim pilgrims could be seen walking around the sacred Kaaba shrine at the centre of the Mosque.
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A handful of people visit the Torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
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Normally the sacred site is overrun with visitors, as here in April 2019.
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The Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck is largely empty as tourism is hit by the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore.
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Since the deck opened in 2010, it has attracted large visitor numbers.
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A man wearing a mask crosses a deserted street in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
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Even in poor weather, the site is usually thronging with tourists, such as these Chinese visitors in 2017. There has been a large downturn of Chinese tourists worldwide since the outbreak which originated in Wuhan in China.

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