What The World Looks Like After A Month Of Pandemic
A pedestrian takes in the view from the stairs of the deserted Citadell at night in Budapest, Hungary (Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

What The World Looks Like After A Month Of Pandemic

(Bloomberg) -- On March 11, the World Health Organization labeled the spread of a novel coronavirus across the globe a “pandemic.” The designation, meaning simply that the highly contagious disease had expanded throughout a wide geographic area, came as much of the world was beginning to recognize the deadly threat posed by the pathogen.

It was Dec. 31 when the international health agency said it was notified that cases of pneumonia with an unknown cause had been detected in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province. By Jan. 3, a total of 44 patients had been reported by Chinese authorities, the organization said. By early March, the virus had spread to every continent save Antarctica, with 118,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths.

Today, the pandemic has sickened more than 1.6 million people and killed almost 100,000. Many parts of the world have come to a standstill as governments struggle to slow the virus’s spread. As a result, the global economy has dangerously slowed. Millions of people have lost their jobs, shutting themselves inside their homes as they wait for the scourge to recede. Once bustling streets, avenues and highways in cities all over the globe are empty. In many places, commerce has simply stopped.

New York City

A lone pedestrian walks inside the Oculus, a transportation and shopping hub in Manhattan’s financial district on March 30. (Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg) 
A lone pedestrian walks inside the Oculus, a transportation and shopping hub in Manhattan’s financial district on March 30. (Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg) 

Los Angeles

The usually busy 110 freeway on April 1. (Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)
The usually busy 110 freeway on April 1. (Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Paris

The usually busy 110 freeway on April 1. (Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)  
The usually busy 110 freeway on April 1. (Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)  

Milan

Umbrellas outside closed cafes line a street leading to the Navigli canal system on April 8. (Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg)  
Umbrellas outside closed cafes line a street leading to the Navigli canal system on April 8. (Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg)  

Sao Paulo

The Municipal Market on April 8. (Photographer: Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg)  
The Municipal Market on April 8. (Photographer: Rodrigo Capote/Bloomberg)  

Moscow

Police patrol a deserted Red Square on April 2. (Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)  
Police patrol a deserted Red Square on April 2. (Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)  

Jerusalem

The Old City on March 29. (Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg)  
The Old City on March 29. (Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg)  

Istanbul

An empty walkway inside the Grand Bazaar on March 25. (Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg)  
An empty walkway inside the Grand Bazaar on March 25. (Photographer: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg)  

London

Banners fly outside closed luxury boutiques on New Bond Street on April 9. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)  
Banners fly outside closed luxury boutiques on New Bond Street on April 9. (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)  

Toronto

Security guards are among the few people inside the Toronto Eaton Centre on March 25. (Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg)  
Security guards are among the few people inside the Toronto Eaton Centre on March 25. (Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg)  

Madrid

Shuttered bars and tapas restaurants line a deserted street on March 16. (Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg)  
Shuttered bars and tapas restaurants line a deserted street on March 16. (Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg)  

Mumbai

Men sit inside the closed Crawford Market on March 25. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)  
Men sit inside the closed Crawford Market on March 25. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)  

Lisbon

A pedestrian crosses a deserted street of usually crowded shops and cafes on March 22. (Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg)  
A pedestrian crosses a deserted street of usually crowded shops and cafes on March 22. (Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg)  

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