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Last Updated : Mar 24, 2020 04:13 PM IST | Source: New York Times

Coronavirus Pandemic | The Great Empty: A look at the world in the times of COVID-19

The New York Times recently sent dozens of photographers out to capture images of once-bustling public plazas, beaches, fairgrounds, restaurants, movie theaters, tourist meccas and train stations

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A day at the fair in Red Fort in New Delhi, March 19, 2020. The present global calamity has made scarcity the necessary condition of humanity’s survival. The present emptiness, a public health necessity, can conjure up dystopia, not progress, but, promisingly, it also suggests that, by heeding the experts and staying apart, we have not yet lost the capacity to come together for the common good. They also remind us that beauty requires human interaction. (Saumya Khandelwal/The New York Times)
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By Michael Kimmelman: A day at the fair in Red Fort in New Delhi, March 19, 2020. The present global calamity has made scarcity the necessary condition of humanity’s survival. The present emptiness, a public health necessity, can conjure up dystopia, not progress, but, promisingly, it also suggests that, by heeding the experts and staying apart, we have not yet lost the capacity to come together for the common good. They also remind us that beauty requires human interaction. (Saumya Khandelwal/The New York Times)

A subway station in Munich, Germany, March 21, 2020. (Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times)
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A subway station in Munich, Germany, March 21, 2020. (Laetitia Vancon/The New York Times)

The Eiffel Tower and the Seine seen from the metro in Paris, March 21, 2020. (Andrea Mantovani/The New York Times)
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The Eiffel Tower and the Seine seen from the metro in Paris, March 21, 2020. (Andrea Mantovani/The New York Times)

An empty street during rush hour in the city of London, March 18, 2020. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)
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An empty street during rush hour in the city of London, March 18, 2020. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

The Sydney Opera house at sunset, a time when tourists usually flock for photos, seen March 20, 2020.(Matthew Abbott/The New York Times)
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The Sydney Opera house at sunset, a time when tourists usually flock for photos, seen March 20, 2020. (Matthew Abbott/The New York Times)

Times Square in New York City was mostly devoid of people on Thursday, March 19, 2020.(Todd Heisler/The New York Times)
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Times Square in New York City was mostly devoid of people on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Shikara owners wait at the Dal Lake for customers March 17, 2020. The six month tourist season sustains them for the year. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)
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Shikara owners wait at the Dal Lake for customers March 17, 2020. The six month tourist season sustains them for the year. The present global calamity has made scarcity the necessary condition of humanity’s survival. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)

Alexanderplatz, a large public square in the center of Berlin, March 15, 2020. (Emile Ducke/The New York Times)
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Alexanderplatz, a large public square in the center of Berlin, March 15, 2020. (Emile Ducke/The New York Times)

Pianist Lukas Geniusas and cello Alexandre Bouzlov performs on a stage at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall while preparing for an online broadcast, during a rehearsal in Moscow, Russia, Saturday March 21, 2020. (Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times)
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Pianist Lukas Geniusas and cello Alexandre Bouzlov performs on a stage at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall while preparing for an online broadcast, during a rehearsal in Moscow, Russia, Saturday March 21, 2020. (Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times)

The nearly empty Oculus in New York, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)
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The nearly empty Oculus in New York, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)

Streets of fear in Bangkok, a city popular with Chinese visitors from Wuhan, March 19, 2020. (Amanda Mustard/The New York Times)
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The counter Americana Diner which is open and serving takeout orders in West Orange, N.J., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Bryan Anselm/The New York Times)

The counter Americana Diner which is open and serving takeout orders in West Orange, N.J., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Bryan Anselm/The New York Times)
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An empty cloverleaf tells the story of a city on lockdown in Bogota, March 20, 2020. (Federico Rios/The New York Times)

An empty cloverleaf tells the story of a city on lockdown in Bogota, March 20, 2020. (Federico Rios/The New York Times)
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At Palazzo Marino in Milan, headquarters of the municipality of the city, chairs are placed outdoors and at a safe distance before a meeting, March 20, 2020. (Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times)

At Palazzo Marino in Milan, headquarters of the municipality of the city, chairs are placed outdoors and at a safe distance before a meeting, March 20, 2020. (Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times)
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A nearly empty restaurant once popular among tourists for the panoramic view of downtown Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2020. (Minzayar Oo/The New York Times)

A nearly empty restaurant once popular among tourists for the panoramic view of downtown Yangon, Myanmar, March 19, 2020. (Minzayar Oo/The New York Times)
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The Painted Ladies, a group of Victorian and Edwardian houses in San Francisco's Alamo Square Park, a popular tourist destination in San Francisco, March 19, 2020. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times

The Painted Ladies, a group of Victorian and Edwardian houses in San Francisco's Alamo Square Park, a popular tourist destination in San Francisco, March 19, 2020. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times
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A man walks in a popular square in downtown Caracas, March 17, 2020. (Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/The New York Times)

A man walks in a popular square in downtown Caracas, March 17, 2020. (Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/The New York Times)
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A security guard walks through the empty Prambanan temple complex March 20, 2020. (Ulet Ifansasti /The New York Times)

A security guard walks through the empty Prambanan temple complex March 20, 2020. (Ulet Ifansasti /The New York Times)
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Pigeons had Las Ramblas to themselves in Barcelona, March 19, 2020. (Maria Contreras Coll/The New York Times)

Pigeons had Las Ramblas to themselves in Barcelona, March 19, 2020. (Maria Contreras Coll/The New York Times)
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The Place de la Concorde in Paris during the morning rush hour, March 18, 2020. (Andrea Mantovani/The New York Times)

The Place de la Concorde in Paris during the morning rush hour, March 18, 2020. (Andrea Mantovani/The New York Times)
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General view of Tsim She Tsui in Hong Kong, March, 19, 2020. (Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times)

General view of Tsim She Tsui in Hong Kong, March, 19, 2020. (Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times)
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A lone man having dinner in a closed bar in a neighborhood of Beijing with a usually lively nightlife, Feb. 12, 2020. (Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times)

A lone man having dinner in a closed bar in a neighborhood of Beijing with a usually lively nightlife, Feb. 12, 2020. (Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times)
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Empty bar tables on Bangkok's Pub Street usually teeming with tourists visiting Angkor Wat, March 18, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)

Empty bar tables on Bangkok's Pub Street usually teeming with tourists visiting Angkor Wat, March 18, 2020. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)
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Few people took part in the latest cinema sessions in São Paulo, March 16, 2020. (Victor Moriyama/The New York Times)

Few people took part in the latest cinema sessions in São Paulo, March 16, 2020. (Victor Moriyama/The New York Times)
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Living quarters are lit up in São Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, March 19, 2020, where many people are staying home because of the coronavirus. (Victor Moriyama/The New York Times)

Living quarters are lit up in São Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday, March 19, 2020, where many people are staying home because of the coronavirus. (Victor Moriyama/The New York Times)
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A man is sitting in an empty bus statin the eve before Persian New Year during the outbreak of coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, March 19, 2020.(Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times)

A man is sitting in an empty bus statin the eve before Persian New Year during the outbreak of coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, March 19, 2020.(Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times)
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People walk through Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the city center of Seoul, South Korea on March 20, 2020. (Woohae Cho/The New York Times)

People walk through Dongdaemun Design Plaza in the city center of Seoul, South Korea on March 20, 2020. (Woohae Cho/The New York Times)
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An unchanging ocean, a barely recognizable beach in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, March 18, 2020. (Philip Cheung/The New York Times)

An unchanging ocean, a barely recognizable beach in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, March 18, 2020. (Philip Cheung/The New York Times)
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U.S. Park Police and their dogs stand on duty at a nearly empty Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times)

U.S. Park Police and their dogs stand on duty at a nearly empty Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Alyssa Schukar/The New York Times)
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The international terminal of Haneda Airport in Tokyo, March 18, 2020. (Noriko Hayashi/The New York Times)

The international terminal of Haneda Airport in Tokyo, March 18, 2020. (Noriko Hayashi/The New York Times)
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A closed hotdog stand nestled under a closed Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, March 14, 2020. (Grant Hindsley/The New York Times)

A closed hotdog stand nestled under a closed Space Needle and Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, March 14, 2020.  (Grant Hindsley/The New York Times)
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A view of Piazza di Spagna from the Spanish Steps in Rome, on March 21, 2020. (Alessandro Penso/The New York Times)

A view of Piazza di Spagna from the Spanish Steps in Rome, on March 21, 2020.  (Alessandro Penso/The New York Times)
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No standees, and few seat takers in a usually heavily crowded train in Islamabad, March 18, 2020. (Saiyna Bashir/The New York Times) c.2020 The New York Times Company

No standees, and few seat takers in a usually heavily crowded train in Islamabad, March 18, 2020. (Saiyna Bashir/The New York Times)
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No standees, and few seat takers in a usually heavily crowded train in Islamabad, March 18, 2020. (Saiyna Bashir/The New York Times)

First Published on Mar 24, 2020 01:30 pm
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