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From Syria to Spain, here are 22 photos that show how COVID-19 has changed the world we live in.

Right now, everything looks different.

Streets are empty and convention centres have been turned into hospitals, fit to house thousands of patients suffering from COVID-19.

As part of the unprecedented measures to mitigate the spread of the pandemic, governments have shut down whole cities and countries, and populations have been ordered to stay inside.

At the time of reporting, on March 23, there are over 330,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. Over 15,000 people have died, and 97,000 have recovered.

These 22 photos from around the world demonstrate what life looks like today, in the age of coronavirus.

Paris, France

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Police officers patrol with motorcycles at the Trocadero Square as the Eiffel Tower is seen in the background following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Paris, France on March 21, 2020. The death toll from the coronavirus in France hit 450, with 78 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to health authorities Friday. Image: Getty.

Sydney, Australia

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People queue for access to a Centrelink Service Centre in Sydney, Monday, March 23, 2020. The federal government has announced two separate economic stimulus packages, including increased access to Centrelink payments designed to help support the Australian economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: AAP.
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California, United States

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Empty shelves at a Vons supermarket in Burbank, California, as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020, in various cities. Image: Getty.

Florida, United States

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An aerial view from a drone shows a few people walking along the ocean water in an area of South Beach. The city closed in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 16, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida. Image: Getty.

Kuwait City, Kuwait

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Expatriate workers returning from Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon wait at a Kuwaiti health ministry COVID-19 screening centre in Kuwait City, Kuwait, March 16, 2020. The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health urged all expatriates who travelled from February 27 until March 16 to undergo the test. Image: AAP.
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Bergamo, Italy

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Military trucks carrying the coffins of COVID-19 victims are seen outside the Bergamo's cemetery in Bergamo, Italy, March 21, 2020. Image: AAP.

Manila, Philippines

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Airport security staff attempt to control the crowd, as Filipinos hoping to get on flights out of Manila hours before it is placed on lockdown, flock at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 14, 2020, in Manila, Philippines. Image: Getty.
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Rome, Italy

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A general view of the third COVID-19 hospital, before the opening, at Casal Palocco on March 17, 2020, in Rome, Italy. Image: Getty.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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A view of Selaron Steps sealed off during a lockdown aimed at mitigating the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on March 22, 2020, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Image: Getty.
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Koblenz, Germany

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Employees of a security service are setting up the cots for a so-called nursing aid facility in the sports hall of IGS Pollenfeld in Koblenz. In Koblenz, two nursing aid facilities with a total capacity of 400 beds are being built. They are to increase the bed capacity of the hospitals for coronavirus patients. Image: Getty.

Rome, Italy

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A photo, taken with the same perspective, shows the difference of human density at Fontana Di Trevi before (bottom) and after (top) the COVID-19 outbreak in Rome, Italy. Image: Getty.

Gaza City, Gaza

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A bride wears a face mask as a precaution against COVID-19 at her wedding ceremony in Gaza City, Gaza, on March 22, 2020. Image: Getty.
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Milan, Italy

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People keep their distance as a safety measure as they line up to shop at a supermarket on March 11, 2020, in Milan, Italy. Image: Getty.

California, United States

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Empty shelves are visible at a Target retail store in Contra Costa County, San Ramon, California, as residents purchase all available stock of toilet paper, paper towels, canned goods, hand sanitiser and other essential items during the coronavirus outbreak. Image: Getty.
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Washington, United States

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A reporter wearing a latex glove raises his hand to ask U.S. President Donald Trump a question during a briefing at the White House on March 16, 2020, in Washington, DC. Image: Getty.

Paris, France

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The Louvre museum on the fourth day after the announcement by French President Emmanuel Macron of the confinement of the French due to an outbreak of COVID-19 on March 20, 2020, in Paris, France. Image; Getty.
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Madrid, Spain

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Health workers prepare to receive the first patients with coronavirus at Ifema exhibition complex on March 22, 2020, in Madrid, Spain. The Community of Madrid and the UME (Spanish Emergency Army Unit) are installing a specific hospital for COVID-19 with 5,500 beds and an ICU (Intensive Care Unit). The number of people confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 in Spain has increased to at least 25,400, with the latest death toll reaching 1,381 according to the country’s Health Ministry.Image: Getty.

Turin, Italy

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Don Carlo Chiomento, parish priest of the church of Candiolo, wears a mask in a deserted church on March 22, 2020, in Turin, Italy. The Italian government continues to enforce the nationwide lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Image: Getty.

New York, United States

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Grand Central Terminal stands mostly empty as much of the city is void of cars and pedestrians over fears of spreading the coronavirus on March 22, 2020, in New York City. Image: Getty.
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Melbourne, Australia

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Empty stands are seen due to the coronavirus outbreak during the 2020 AFL Round 01 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on March 22, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. Image: Getty.

Idlib, Syria

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A member of the Syrian civil defence, also known as the White Helmets, sprays disinfectant inside a hospital during a sterilisation campaign for hospitals in the city of Idlib against COVID-19 pandemic, after the emergence of suspected cases in the province of Idlib. Image: Getty.
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Madrid, Spain

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A doctor prepares to receive the first patients with coronavirus at Ifema exhibition complex on March 22, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. Image: Getty.

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Read more about COVID-19:

The Australian Government Department of Health advises that the only people who will be tested for COVID-19 are those with symptoms who have either returned from overseas in the past 14 days or been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.

If you are sick and believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your GP ahead of time to book an appointment. Or call the national Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

To keep up to date with the latest information, please visit the Department of Health website.

The current situation around COVID-19 might be making you feel scared or uncertain. It's okay to feel this way, but it's also important to learn how to manage feelings of anxiety during this time. To download the free PDF: Anxiety & Coronavirus - How to Manage Feelings of Anxiety click here.


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