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Look: The beaches are on a break

By VIANCA GAMBOA

At the start of this new decade, forecasts claimed 2020 would be a flourishing year. Not until January dropped bombs here and there, from the Australian wildfires to the Taal volcanic eruption, and down-spiraled into one whole cataclysmic year in just three months (we rest our case, we are very tired) with the arrival of a 21st century pandemic, COVID-19. The outbreak was enough to cripple the global economy, putting the entire public health infrastructure as well as multiple industries, as a result of tightening lockdowns, closure of beaches, and strict home quarantine.

But there is an off-kilter yet comforting byproduct of the tourism slump—a peremptory chance for nature to recharge. Like the recent news of Venice currently basking in its crystal-clear waters, here’s what our top vacation spots, untethered from frolickers and pollution-driving human activities, look like while we are busy trying to quell the outbreak.

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay went into lockdown on March 18 as part of the General Community Quarantine in the municipality of Aklan. No people, pollution, diapers, or plastic water bottle in sight.

Kuredo Island Resort, Maldives

According to Business Insider, the initial state of lockdown in Maldives was a chaos but eventually, stranded guests were able to witness the beauty of the island in its entirety, as well as get free accommodations.

5e6a3ec754f25c229f55bda8 Footage from Kuredu Island Resort’s live webcam showing an empty beach[/caption]

Bondi Beach, Australia

Sydney police department ordered temporary closure of the famous beach after tourists exceeded the 500-person limit implemented by the government as preventive measure to contain the outbreak. The hill seems to be pretty packed still, but the shoreline is empty and serene.


Copacabana Beach, Brazil

According to Agencia EFE, a news agency in Spain, Copacabana was found empty after restrictions were imposed by local authorities in the city. Rio de Janeiro government is also planning to shut down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches after an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali looks virtually deserted after Jakarta lockdown and has reported zero local transmissions, according to The Jakarta Post.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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