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Before and after coronavirus - see St Petersburg deserted during self-isolation01:19

Before and after coronavirus - see St Petersburg deserted during self-isolation

Russian Federation, St Petersburg
April 02, 2020 at 21:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

St Petersburg's historical centre would usually be bustling with tourists and locals alike, but now the streets are barren after the city introduced strict isolation measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Drone footage from summer 2017 and from April 2, 2020 show some of the most famous sights of Russia's cultural capital, before and after the coronavirus outbreak.

St Petersburg's authorities imposed strict restrictions on movement on Monday, limiting public transport in the city and prohibiting residents from leaving their homes except in cases of emergency or in order to seek medical help, or to do essential shopping.

The measures have left the city's famous landmarks such as the Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood and the Nevsky Avenue almost deserted.

The Baltic Sea city, which has a population of 5.4 million, has diagnosed 156 COVID-19 cases according to official figures. The total amount of coronavirus cases in Russia stands at 4,149, including 34 deaths.

Before and after coronavirus - see St Petersburg deserted during self-isolation01:19
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St Petersburg's historical centre would usually be bustling with tourists and locals alike, but now the streets are barren after the city introduced strict isolation measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Drone footage from summer 2017 and from April 2, 2020 show some of the most famous sights of Russia's cultural capital, before and after the coronavirus outbreak.

St Petersburg's authorities imposed strict restrictions on movement on Monday, limiting public transport in the city and prohibiting residents from leaving their homes except in cases of emergency or in order to seek medical help, or to do essential shopping.

The measures have left the city's famous landmarks such as the Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on Blood and the Nevsky Avenue almost deserted.

The Baltic Sea city, which has a population of 5.4 million, has diagnosed 156 COVID-19 cases according to official figures. The total amount of coronavirus cases in Russia stands at 4,149, including 34 deaths.

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