The Middle East before and after coronavirus — from crowds to ghost towns
Cities in the region, already hit by months of protests, look abandoned as efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus see residents stay inside
As coronavirus has spread across the globe and measures have been put in place to limit its impact, parts of the Middle East have gone into lockdown – cities that were once bustling hives of activity have become ghost towns.
Iraq and Lebanon, already in disarray due to months of protests, have been heavily affected due to their close ties with Iran, the worst hit country in the region.
Iraq — which has 125 confirmed cases — has implemented a week-long curfew, including the suspension of all flights from Baghdad’s international airport, while Lebanon is in full containment mode, with traffic thin and some streets completely empty on Monday, the start of the working week.
Restaurants, cafes and bars have been closed since last week and most private businesses were shuttered Monday. The small country has reported 99 cases and three deaths.
These before-and-after photos show how popular landmarks have been left abandoned.
The Old Bridge over the Tigris, Mosul
The Nabi Younes market, Mosul
Karbala pool hall, Karbala
Erbil citadel, Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
Beirut beach, Beirut
Updated: March 17, 2020 11:01 AM