The streets of Sydney resembled a ghost town overnight, less than two months after images of the abandoned city of Wuhan in China were blasted around the world.
With Australian restaurants and cafes now forced to take away and deliver home, and residents follow the advice to stay at home, the normally busy streets of a city of 5.3 million people were empty.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the second phase of social detachment on Tuesday evening and expanded it yesterday.
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The outbreak of the corona virus began in December in Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei. The first case in Australia was confirmed on January 25th.
Queensland closed its borders overnight and Victoria has announced a task force of 500 officials to enforce the dramatic shutdowns.
George Street in Sydney, an important thoroughfare for people, vehicles and the light rail, was completely empty on Wednesday evening.
Nobody was in the town hall, where the streets are usually full of passersby.
The same applies to William Street in Darlinghurst, where commuters travel to the city center and Kings Cross, or to the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the northern suburbs of the city.
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The legendary Sydney Opera House, which was closed until further notice on Monday, seemed deserted.
The Harborside Opera Bar closed this week in the first phase of social distancing.
The Taronga Zoo closed its doors at 5 p.m.
“We are also committed to reopening our communities and making them accessible as soon as this is certain,” the zoo said in a statement.
Similar scenes have taken place in other Australian cities, including the hubs at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and the Rundle Mall in Adelaide. In the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane, the amount is starting to decrease.
More than 440,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and the death toll in Italy (7500+) and Spain (3400+) has exceeded China (3100+).
New York is one of the most affected countries in the world with more than 26,000 confirmed cases.
New Zealand has been banned for at least four weeks last night to slow the transmission of the virus.