US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Almost 3 billion people are now, more or less strictly, confined to their homes around the world to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As a result, the streets, main highways, places or holy places of large cities, usually overcrowded, have gradually emptied of all life.
Seen from the sky, it is rather impressive, as shown by the pictures of companies Maxar and Planet Labs, specializing in space technology. Equipped with imaging satellites, they provide services to businesses, associations, governments and the media, such as the Wired news site.Built in just ten days, this hospital in Wuhan , China was able to open its doors on February 8 to receive the first patients. Before that, in April 2017, the site on which it is installed looked nothing more than a little patch of greenery. | AFP / Maxar In Wuhan, the Chinese city most affected by the virus , the main avenue is very quiet on March 5, 2020, while the entire province is in quarantine. The first photo dates from October 17, 2019. | Maxar / AFP A land of pilgrimage for Muslims around the world, the al-Harâm mosque and the Kaaba in Mecca are welcoming far fewer worshipers this year. These two photographs were taken respectively on February 14 and March 3, 2020. On March 4, the Saudi authorities decided to suspend the Umrah pilgrimage because of the Covid-19. | Maxar / AFP On March 16, the Islamic Republic of Iran ordered the closure of four of its pilgrimage sites. These pictures taken in September 2019 and on 1 st March 2020 show the courtyard of the shrine of Fatima Masoumeh in Qom. | AFP / Maxar In California, the San Francisco Bay Bridge is rid of its daily traffic jams. Witness these photos from February 2019 and March 16, 2020. | AFP / Planet Labs Even the magic of Disney did not resist the Covid-19. In Orlando, Florida, the Disney World has closed its doors and the before-after (March 2019 versus March 2020) is again edifying. | AFP / Planet Labs Perhaps you have seen these images of the waters of Venice pass , which become clearer as the boats stop circulating. In satellite view, we can clearly see the difference in traffic between October 2019 and March 18, 2020. | AFP / Planet Labs
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