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Deserted St. Mark’s Square, Venice
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Live webcams from empty tourist spots in Asia and other parts of the world

These live webcams show how COVID-19 has left the biggest tourist destinations in the world looking deserted

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Time Out Hong Kong
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As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, various cities are currently under lockdown. These live feeds of tourist spots across Asia and other parts of the world make for peculiar viewing. 

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Life is drastically changing all around the globe, and tourist destinations appear eerily empty – as these live webcam feeds from Skyline and EarthCam show. Compared to the usual traffic of people surging in areas like New York's Time Square and touristy European places such as St Mark's Square in Venice and Rome's Spanish Steps, the sites are now deserted.

While we wait for the situation to settle (and hopefully subside soon), for now, we can only see our favourite places around the world through our screens. 

Live webcams from empty tourist destinations

Boracay Island in the Philippines
Boracay I Photo by Higheye Media for Shutterstock

Boracay Island in the Philippines

📹View webcam of Boracay

Known for its powder-like fine-white sands, Boracay is a famous tourist destination all year round. The COVID-19 threat experienced a 40-percent drop in tourist arrivals in the island since February. Now that the main cities of the Philippines are in lockdown, the white shores of Boracay have been in its quietest since it reopened for public after its recent rehabilitation. The webcam will show one or two people walking or traipsing by the water compared to the usual throve of people clad in bikinis. 

Western Wall in Jerusalem
Western Wall used to be filled with tourists I Photo from Shutterstock

Western Wall in Jerusalem

📹View webcam of Western Wall

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall is a place of prayer and pilgrimage, and a popular tourist attraction. Today the area doesn't have as much visitors compared to its usual foot traffic since the country implemented strict travel restrictions in its borders and Israelis are told not to leave their homes unless necessary. 

 

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Pattaya city in Thailand
Pattaya before the shutdown I Photo by Hanny Naibaho

Pattaya city in Thailand

📹View the webcam of Pattaya

Known for its touristy beaches, cabaret bars, and 24-hour clubs, Pattaya is now experiencing the first days of shutdown. The closure of bars and various venues will last until March 31. The once bright neon-lit streets are now in darkness with only some of the signature neon illuminated. 

El Nido beach in Palawan, Philippines
El Nido I Photo by Eibner Saliba

El Nido beach in Palawan, Philippines

📹View webcam of El Nido

The Philippines is known for its stunning beaches. During this time of the year, locals and foreigners flock the turquoise waters in hopes of viewing the stunning limestone formations around El Nido in Palawan. As the number of local Covid-19 cases climb in the country, the capital region is currently on lockdown, and domestic flights to El Nido are temporarily suspended, leaving the place devoid of its usual number of tourist. 

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Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA
Vegas Strip on a busy night I Photo by Robert F

Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA

📹View webcam of the Vegas Strip casinos from The Little Vegas Chapel

The bustling gambling mecca Las Vegas is now looking deserted after the shutdown of all casinos in the area. Because of the growing number of coronavirus cases in the US, the Nevada government ordered nonessential businesses to close for 30 days leaving Las Vegas looking like a ghost town. 

Time Square in New York, USA
Time Square during its busy days I Photo by Cris Tagupa

Time Square in New York, USA

📹View webcam of Time Square

The city that never sleeps is on hibernation, leaving its most usually crowded places empty. With the closures of schools, museums, theatres, and libraries, the iconic Time Square looks foreign without the usual traffic of crowds filling the streets. 

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St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy
St Mark's Square I Photo from Shutterstock

St Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

📹View webcam of St Mark's Square

The coronavirus lockdown has left Venice streets deserted, and the usual busy canals don't have its normal movement of speeding motorboat taxis, transport, and tourist boats. Its most iconic tourist spot, St Mark's Square, is empty, aside from the birds flying in an about the areas, the view from the webcam almost looks like a still photograph.

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain
Puerta del Sol I Photo from Shutterstock

Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain

📹View webcam of Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol public square is the most famous tourist area of Madrid and one of the busiest places in the city. Usually serving as the backdrop of festivals, various events, and street performances, the square is now almost desolate as Spain imposes nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus.

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Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
Trevi Fountain I Photo from Shutterstock

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

📹View webcam of Trevi Fountain

They say that a trip to Rome is never complete without a visit to the iconic Fontana di Trevi, also known as the Trevi Fountain. This massive monument has been a backdrop of so many movies including La Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday, and even the 2003 American teen flick The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Located in the Quirinale district of Rome, the Trevi Fountain, once a busy monument is now deserted. The webcam shows the water is still flowing but aside from one or two patrols strolling in the area or pigeons flying by, you'll rarely see anyone in sight.  

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