As the nation enters day three of its coronavirus lockdown, UK tourist spots, streets and beaches have become unrecognisable as Brits stay at home.
The UK’s busiest landmarks were deserted this morning, as the public follow the prime minister’s orders to remain indoors in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 9,529 people in the UK are currently infected with the virus, while another 28 died yesterday bringing the death toll to 465. Boris Johnson enforced the lockdown after Brits were out in scores gathering in parks and beaches at the weekend, and warned the NHS won’t be able to cope if too many become seriously ill.
UK officials insisted if the country is to effectively fight the pandemic, it is more important than ever to stick to social distancing and isolation rules – and it appears the message is getting through.
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London was a ghost town on Thursday, with usually crowded areas such as Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square empty apart from a cleaner picking up rubbish.
The pavement surrounding Buckingham Palace is packed daily with tourists from across the world, who all line up with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the Queen or to watch the Changing of the Guard.
But this week, they were completely empty after global travel restrictions were implemented and countless nations shut their borders.
Scores of commuters and tourists can usually be seen crossing London Bridge, Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge daily – but not this week.
As most move to home working and set up offices in their flats and houses, the capital’s bustling stations of Waterloo and Canary Wharf were also dead.
The entertainment industry was also forced to shut shop, meaning the capital’s West End, which usually has queues of ticket holders round the corner of theatres, were instead replaced with shutters.
Historic tourist cities of Edinburgh and Bath were also eerily quiet as the sun beat down on their landmark streets.
Sunbathers usually cram the beaches of Bournemouth, Brighton and South Wales, among many others, but only a few solitary dog walkers and joggers could be seen this morning.
As the nation faces another two-and-a-half weeks of lockdown, the UK is set to stay unusually quiet until it is safe to meet friends and family again.
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