Coronavirus slowdown in US seen from space

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Santa Monica pierImage source, MAXAR

Satellite images of normally busy locations in the US show how the coronavirus is having an impact on travel and tourism.

Car is no longer king - even in the US. Traffic is down on the 101 interstate in downtown Los Angeles.

And people aren't flying either - as Maxar Technologies' satellite images of Denver International Airport in Colorado show.

The lockdown and travel restrictions mean tourist attractions are closed. In Santa Monica, beachside car parks were shut after large numbers of people headed for the coast, despite the stay at home advice from local authorities.

Universal Studios in Hollywood has also closed its doors as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The theme park said tickets bought in advance for the closure period would be valid until December.

Elsewhere in California, signs of the global slowdown are evident at international ports. At Long Beach container port there are far fewer shipping containers than last month.

In Nevada, the governor is shutting down non-essential business, which is expected to hit Las Vegas' famous gambling industry.

Disney is closing its doors until the end of the month - as can be seen by the lack of cars in the car park at Disney World, Florida. The Disney park in California, which is also closed, has said it will donate unsold food to a food bank charity in order to help local people.