The Grand Mosque of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, usually teeming with people for Friday prayers, sits in solitude.
Ranks of tourist buses sit idle in Thailand, while once-bustling theme parks are empty as holiday business has halted.
A cafe in the old city of Erbil, Iraq, has no customers during a curfew imposed by Iraqi Kurdish authorities, following an outbreak of coronavirus nearby.
Restaurant terraces are closed at the usually overcrowded Plaza Mayor in central Madrid, and in Krakow, Poland, a university campus has no students.
Nor are there signs of life at a Venice canal, while in Brussels, Belgium, supermarket shelves are empty after panic-buying.
Ahmed Abdelhady said on Twitter the photos showed: “Really, Earth needs a break from the humanity! I think [it’s] the time for a long rest.”
Countries around the world have closed their borders to travellers, and airlines worldwide have suspended entire routes.
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