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Here's What The UK Looks Like During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The country's most famous landmarks have gone quiet as the virus continues to spread around the UK.

On Monday, Boris Johnson announced that everyone in the UK should stop "nonessential contact" with other people and avoid pubs, clubs, cinemas, and theatres in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The prime minister said anyone in isolation should avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" and should exercise outside the house only at a safe distance from others.

The major shift in the UK's approach to the virus came as it was revealed the UK only realised "in the last few days" that attempts to "mitigate" the impact of the coronavirus pandemic would not work and would, in the words of the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, "likely result in hundreds of thousands of deaths and health systems (most notably intensive care units) being overwhelmed many times over".

These images show what the UK looks like as people begin to withdraw from social contact.

A near-empty Regent Street on March 16.
Commuters at Waterloo Station on March 16.
An empty Piccadilly Circus
A quiet Victoria Street on March 17, 2020 in Edinburgh.
Two women wear face masks as they look at books on the South Bank

Few commuters travel on the train during the morning rush hour time at 0830 from Clapham North to central London on March 17.
Pedestrians cross a quiet Millennium Footbridge across the River Thames in London in the mid-morning on March 17, 2020.
Empty stands are seen as horses and riders run past during a race
People wearing face masks in Green Park
An aerial view of Aintree Racecourse after the annual Grand National horse racing event was cancelled on March 17.
An unusually quiet M25 motorway during the Monday morning rush hour near Heathrow Airport.

A view of an empty Covent Garden as tourists keep away from crowed areas on 12 March.
Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 departure area is almost empty on March 12.
Empty shelves in a store in London as shoppers stockpile basic consumer goods for fears of a potential quarantine.
People walk along Oxford Street on March 16.
Tourists wear surgical masks on Tower Bridge on March 12.
Visibly quiet at Trafalgar Square on March 12.
An empty esplanade at Edinburgh Castle on March 17.
An employee waits over empty tables in Covent Garden on March 17, 2020