Before and after photos show the impact of COVID-19 on tourist sites

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TORONTO — Photos of popular tourist spots capture the devastation COVID-19 is wreaking on the tourism and travel industry.

Usually overcrowded tourist destinations seem extremely empty as people avoid air travel, attractions close and governments impose lockdowns and quarantines.

Coliseum

A general view shows a deserted and closed Colosseum monument in Rome on March 10, 2020 as Italy imposed nationwide restrictions to control the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Tokyo Temple

Tokyo Temple

A small number of tourists visit the nearly empty Sensoji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district on March 9, 2020. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Venice

Venice, Italy

A view of St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Monday, March 9, 2020. (Anteo Marinoni/LaPresse via AP)

These photos show what the Tiananmen Gate in Beijing looked like on September 20, 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak, compared to March 6, 2020 after the outbreak.

Tian'anmen Gate

These photos show the popular Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on December 26, 2015 and March 8, 2020.

Victoria Peak

Maxar Technologies released satellite images of China and Iran which also show the impact of the outbreak.

These photos show Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 11, 2020 and the airport on February 29, 2020.

Tehran Airport

These photos show an area of ​​Wuhan, China on April 28, 2017 compared to the same area on February 22, 2020. In the photo from February you can see the temporary hospitals that have been built for coronavirus patients.

Wuhan

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