Veteran AP correspondent must also say “surreal” when he sees the different face of London between the nationwide blockade.

When AP photojournalist Frank Augstein arrived in London (UK) in 2015, what impressed him most was the overwhelming spectacle. Frank, born in a small town in western Germany, once thought London was the busiest city I have ever known.

After years of working at major political events, celebrations and sports in London, Frank has recorded the endless movements of this city of 9 million people. One after another, the people crossed the  Millennium Bridge; millions of visitors from all parts of England and around the world travel daily through the St. Pancras …

The Millennium Bridge was full of people on February 16, 2016, and was completely quiet on April 1, 2020

But recently, when Britain was hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, more than 51,000 people were infected and nearly 5,400 died, along with a nationwide blockade, Frank had the opportunity to witness the unprecedented silence. see. The contrast before and after the blockade command made him feel surreal. In addition, the sports stadium instead of putting up the banner “Thank you fans” has also changed to “Thank NHS (National Health Service)” to express gratitude to the doctors. at the frontline against epidemic.

Wembley Stadium probably did not expect this early April, they will have to close and change their message from “thank you fans” to “thank you NHS doctor”.
The Piccadilly tram line is now empty, despite witnessing a series of passengers rushing to work away from home every day.
St Pancras International Terminal is as quiet as in a fantasy movie, actually normally extremely chaotic and crowded.
Victoria Bus Station also experiences this loneliness for the first time.
The Prime Minister’s mansion at 10 Downing Street, one of London’s most famous addresses, is now closed quietly.
The astonishing difference on Regent Street as millions of people in the capital have taken shelter at home, helping to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic.
Big Ben Tower is almost completed, but the influx of people has temporarily disappeared.
Same shot at Buckingham Palace but in 2 different situations. Above photo taken on 1/4/2020. The photo below was taken on May 31, 2019 just before the official visit of President Trump to the United Kingdom.
Buckingham Palace is closed at the present time, but has witnessed numerous people and visitors to visit in special events. For example, the image below captures the moment people are enjoying the performance of the Royal Air Force on June 8, 2019 on the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

 

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