Coronavirus times- Empty streets, closed doors: 24 hours around the world in pictures - GulfToday

Coronavirus times – Empty streets, closed doors: 24 hours around the world in pictures


A woman wearing a mask takes photos of cherry blossoms at the Yuyuantan Park in Beijing.

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Over a 24-hour period, a third of world population is now under orders to stay home.

More than three billion people have been asked to stay at home in almost 70 countries and territories as governments battle the coronavirus pandemic.

From Paris to Santa Monica, Dhaka to Panama, life has shuddered to a halt in varying degrees, with the closure of restaurants and other non-essential businesses and school classes suspended, while gatherings are banned, transport is limited and beaches and parks now no-go zones.

Pakistan- A man wearing a facemask sitting behind a closed gate during a government-imposed lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19.

Palestine- A teacher Jihad Abu Sharar holds her class online from her home near Hebron, following the closure of schools.

Kuwait- Clutching their pencils and with their exercise books laid on the table, students follow their lessons by computer at home.

Buenos Aires - Food delivery rider Dixon Abreu pedals along July 9 Avenue, bringing food orders to those confined in the city.

Kenya- Fashion designer David Avido, 24, is making masks with left-over fabric from his creations and is giving them away.

Nicosia- Thanks to an online Pilates course, a Cypriot woman exercises at home, while her dog stretches too beside her.

London- A jogger in Britain finds she has Greenwich Park in southeast London to herself.

Rio- Brazilian graffiti artist Rafamon projects a work onto a large screen colourfully declaring: "Vai Passar" or "It Will Pass".

Athens - On the roof of his building, a Greek artist displays graffiti urging people to stay home and to wear a mask.

Dhaka- In Bangladesh, Samin Shara, nine, plays alone with a ball on the roof of his apartment building.

Paris- The Champs-Elysees, Paris' legendary avenue, usually thronging with tourists and people taking a stroll, is deserted.

Tangeran- Indonesian Bambang Soetono and his relatives hold midday prayers at home in this town on Java, after religious authorities urged the faithful to stay home to pray.

Hong Kong- Native singer and Elvis impersonator Kwok Lam-sang, 67, is all alone, guitar slung across his shoulder.

Hanoi - Cafes on usually busy streets have fallen silent.

Jerusalem- Palestinians pray in front of the entrance to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest site, after it was closed by the Waqf, the Muslim foundation that runs the compound.

Dakar- Senegal's religious Layene Brotherhood has cancelled its annual pilgrimage to the sacred cave of Almadies.

Bangkok- Thai people confined to their homes in the centre of Bangkok, before a state of emergency was introduced.

Tokyo - While her daughters play in the room next door, Yuki Sato, a Japanese employee of a start-up company, works at home.

Kashmir- An elderly Kashmiri cyclist rides past Indian paramilitary soldiers as they stand guard on a deserted street during pandemic lockdown in Srinagar.

Italy- A person is being buried without their loved ones permitted to attend the cemetery due to quarantine restrictions.

Around one in five people around the globe are under lockdown, as the world enters a critical week in responding to the accelerating coronavirus pandemic.

Here are 25 photographs, taken from Monday to Tuesday, showing scenes playing out in countries around the globe, of deserted roads and city centres, people working at home, pupils being schooled online, lonely funerals and spontaneous concerts from balconies.

More than 21,305 have died due to the pandemic coronavirus and 472,762 people have been infected globally.

Photos: Agencies

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