Photos of iconic tourist destinations in China, Italy, and Thailand reveal empty festivals, vacant water parks, and trapped people as the coronavirus slows travel

Photos of iconic tourist destinations in China, Italy, and Thailand reveal empty festivals, vacant water parks, and trapped people as the coronavirus slows travel

Business·2020-02-27 10:21

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Hong Kong Disney Land during the 2020 Lunar New Year amid the coronavirus outbreak (top), and during the 2006 Lunar New Year’s regular season (bottom).

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International as the coronavirus outbreak – and fear about it – .

National governments are to stay away from outbreak hotspots, and in some cases, enacting travel bans to forbid them from going.

Photos of tourist destinations around the world – emptied-out festivals, vacant churches and temples, and quarantined luxury hotels – show the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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International tourism is slumping as the coronavirus outbreak spreads internationally.

In China, Italy, and South Korea, governments are quarantining towns and cities and shutting down transportation. The US has issued travel warnings for anyone considering visiting Italy, China, Iran, Japan, and South Korea.

This has all put travelers on high alert, and many are electing to stay home.

The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 2,770 people and infected more than 81,000 in the last two months. It has spread to 40 countries other than China. (For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.)

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