Coronavirus: Stark before and after pictures show impact of UK lockdown

Andy WellsFreelance Writer
Yahoo News UK

As the UK in gets used to life under lockdown, stark pictures show just how much life has changed for the country during the coronavirus outbreak.

The busiest landmarks and beauty spots in London and beyond lie deserted in the spring sunshine as the nation stays indoors to try and contain the spread of the virus.

The pavements outside Buckingham Palace, usually packed with tourists, were completely empty on Tuesday after the government introduced tough restrictions for the public earlier this week.

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The Millennium Bridge over the Thames was deserted as galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes were told they must shut up shop until the worst of the virus has passed.

St Paul’s Cathedral, seen from the south bank of the river, was completely clear of people this week as even places of worship have been told to shut their doors.

Tower Bridge was also free of its usual queues of traffic.

Bath, Bournemouth and Edinburgh also saw streets lie empty as the country followed government guidance on stopping the spread of COVID-19.

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Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard on 13 March, top, and on Tuesday, below, as people stay at home.
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The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square on 28 January 2014, top, and on Tuesday, below.
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Southend beach in Essex on 29 June 2019, top, and on Monday 23/03/20, below – the beach was empty even before a full lockdown was ordered.
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London's Canary Wharf Jubilee Line platform on 31 January 2013, top, and on Tuesday, below, as commuters were told to stay at home.
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Bournemouth beach on 28 June 2019, top, and on Monday, below.
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Tower Bridge in London lies empty of cars on Tuesday, below, compared to 16/03/20, top.
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Commuters at Waterloo station in London on 12 March, top, and on Wednesday, below.
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Commuters cross London Bridge on 13 March, top, and on Wednesday, bottom.
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People walking across the Millennium Bridge, London, with St Paul's Cathedral in the background, on 13/03/20 (top), and on Wednesday 25/03/20 (bottom).
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Canary Wharf Station on 17 March, top, and on Tuesday, below.
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Streets in the centre of Bath busy with visitors and shoppers on 11 March, top, and the empty streets on Tuesday, below.
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People on the beach at Barry Island, South Wales, on 14 September, and on Wednesday, below.
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Ticket holders for Comedy about a Bank Robbery in line outside the Criterion Theatre, London on 12 March, top, and the theatre on Tuesday, below.
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