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Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard on 13 March, top, and on Tuesday, below, as people stay at home.

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Coronavirus: Stark before and after pictures show impact of UK lockdown

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

As the UK in gets used to life under lockdown, stark pictures show just how much life has changed for the country during the coronavirus outbreak.

The busiest landmarks and beauty spots in London and beyond lie deserted in the spring sunshine as the nation stays indoors to try and contain the spread of the virus.

The pavements outside Buckingham Palace, usually packed with tourists, were completely empty on Tuesday after the government introduced tough restrictions for the public earlier this week.

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The Millennium Bridge over the Thames was deserted as galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes were told they must shut up shop until the worst of the virus has passed.

St Paul’s Cathedral, seen from the south bank of the river, was completely clear of people this week as even places of worship have been told to shut their doors.

Tower Bridge was also free of its usual queues of traffic.

Bath, Bournemouth and Edinburgh also saw streets lie empty as the country followed government guidance on stopping the spread of COVID-19.