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Venice Canals Run Clear Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Mar 19, 2020

venice canals run clear amid covid-19 lockdown

Main image via Pexels

Venice faced the constant issue of over-tourism. That has changed since the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this month, Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte had ordered a nationwide lockdown — bringing Italy’s booming tourism industry to a halt. Once busy streets and canals are now quiet — so quiet in fact, that reports have noted that murky waters of the city’s historic canals have turned clear…a first in years!

It’s cloudy past was the by-product of pollution by diesel from commuter boats and water buses.

venice canals run clear amid covid-19 lockdown

Image via The Hill

Since the enforcement of the lockdown, residents have shared images not only of the clear waters but wildlife returning to the canals, including dolphins. Yes, dolphins.

The European Space Agency shared a video of the level of nitrogen dioxide dropping in the country.

As of today, Italy is suffering from the worst outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, with almost 3,000 reported deaths.

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