Britain's busiest landmarks and spots lie deserted under coronavirus ...

Britain has turned into a ghost country, where the streets of London are now shadows of their former selves and popular destinations around the country are deserted since Boris Johnson imposed a coronavirus lockdown.

The change feels most drastic in London, one of the world's biggest capital cities. Its nine-million population are nowhere to be seen, while tourists have been discouraged from visiting its famous sites.

Jam-packed streets that Londoners moan about have gone the way of the dinosaurs and the dodo, almost totally cleared as residents adjust to life under new draconian rules ordered by the PM on Monday. 

From the pavements outside Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus; to the West End and its bars, restaurants, and theatres; footpaths, bridges, Tube stations, and shopping malls - all are devoid of life. 

The Changing of the Guard has been suspended, while the Millennium Bridge over the Thames was deserted as galleries, pubs, and cafes were told to shut up shop under the virus had subsided.  

Places of worships have been told to shut their doors, leading to the remarkable scenes out from St Paul's over the south bank of the river - now completely clear of people. 

Tower Bridge was also free of its usual queues of traffic, while air quality is understood to have risen sharply since the lockdown came into force as drivers and taxis stick to the rules and stay home.

Canary Wharf station, at the heart of London's financial district, did not have a single banker or broker on its escalators on Tuesday, after only a handful of roles in the industry were granted key worker status. 

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People walking across the Millennium Bridge with St Paul's in the background (left, March 13; right, March 26)

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London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square before and after the lockdown (left, January 2014; right, March 2020)

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Buckingham Palace, usually packed with bustling crowds, has since emptied (left, March 13; right; March 24)

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Locals and tourists visiting London's Leicester Square before and during the lockdown (left, March 13; right, March 25)

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Commuters pictured crossing London Bridge before and during the lockdown (left, March 13; right; March 25)

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London's Criterion Theatre, where The  Comedy About A Bank Robbery shows (left, March 12; right, March 24)

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Commuters pictured at Waterloo Station in London before and during the lockdown (left; March 12; right, March 25)

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The Palace Theatre, where the play is showing before and during the lockdown (left, March 12; right, March 24)

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Shots of London's Tower Bridge before and during the coronavirus lockdown (left, March 16; right, March 24)

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Canary Wharf station in London before and during the coronavirus lockdown (left, January 2013; right, March 2020)

The emptiness has spread beyond London - widely regarded the engine of the UK's viral outbreak - and infected Bath, now deserted as locals stay indoors and travellers from Bristol stay away. 

The UK's wide beaches, enjoyed by local communities for decades, are now public mausoleums to their former playground status. Just a handful of strollers and joggers visit Bournemouth bay.  

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, normally one of the most popular areas of the Old Town, was also eerily quiet. 

Organisers of one of the most popular events in the city's calendar, the Edinburgh Fringe festival, say they are still planning for the Fringe's programme of comedy and drama to go ahead as planned in August.

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Even Barry Island, made famous by the TV series Gavin and Stacey, looks similarly abandoned by residents and

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