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Satellite images show the deserted roads and waterways of Wuhan

Satellite images show the deserted roads and waterways of Wuhan after the Chinese city was put on lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak

  • Satellite images of China’s central city of Wuhan are almost bereft of cars 
  • Dramatic illustration of how successful China’s quarantine efforts have been 
  • Authorities have all but shut down the city, which is a major transport hub 

Satellite images of China’s central city of Wuhan are almost bereft of cars and people, in a dramatic illustration of how successful its quarantine efforts have been in convincing residents of the epicentre of a new virus outbreak to stay home.

Lying on the banks of the Yangtze River and historically prone to devastating floods, Wuhan sprawls over 8,500 square kilometres (3,300 square miles) – five times the size of Greater London – and includes rural areas as well as a large urban zone.

Authorities have all but shut down the city of 11 million, which is a major transport hub, at what is normally the busiest time of year – the Lunar New Year holidays – when millions of people travel home to visit their families.

A January 28 picture taken from high above the city’s usually crowded train station is devoid of the trains and cars that indicate human activity

A January 28 image of the red arches and suspension cables of a bridge across the key Yangtze waterway shows its roadway deserted of vehicles, glimpsed in a January 12 image as a surge of white rectangles flooding across the artery

A January 28 image of the red arches and suspension cables of a bridge across the key Yangtze waterway shows its roadway deserted of vehicles, glimpsed in a January 12 image as a surge of white rectangles flooding across the artery.

The later image also reveals the absence of parked vehicles in surrounding streets threading between neighbourhoods of red-roofed homes and towering skyscrapers, and even ships in the brown waters of the river, visible earlier, are now missing.

A similar January 28 picture taken from high above the city’s usually crowded train station is devoid of the trains and cars that indicate human activity, although significant details in the picture are obscured by white puffs of cloud.

Passengers at Wuhan’s train station slowed to a trickle, media have said, with millions in surrounding cities virtually stranded, after public transport networks were shut to stop the spread of the virus, believed to have originated at a market illegally selling wildlife. 

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