Airlines around the world have stopped their flights. The countries have closed their borders and ordered everyone inside.
The age of the coronavirus has limited our movements in every way, but it doesn’t have to limit our imaginations. Here are 10 ways to see the world – through the wonders of the webcam.
1) Elephants in South Africa
This live food comes from a waterhole at Tembe Elephant Park, near the South African border with Mozambique. Most of the time, there will be at least a few elephants that will flock – and those who experience it would be the largest in the world.
From time to time, you may catch leopards, lions, rhinos and buffaloes having a drink. And these little antelopes that you see are called sunis.
(Random fact: elephants cannot jump.)
2) Times Square, New York
Perhaps one of the busiest places in the world in normal times, now the heart of Manhattan is strangely calm as the city treats nearly 50,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
Illuminated adverts in Times Square are now promoting shows that nobody can attend, clothes that nobody can buy, and cities that nobody can visit.
This could win a prize for the most distant live stream of all – the 360-degree images come from the deep snow of northern Finland, above the Arctic Circle.
Normally, the small wooded village of Köngäs would host tourists who would lick the mythology of northern Finland and its mysterious elves.
But these days, it’s even more peaceful than usual.
4) A Thai beach
This is the flow to watch if you want to relax with a spectacular sunset every day.
The food comes from a secluded white beach on the island of Koh Samui, Thailand, where people seem to practice social distancing very satisfactorily.
The sun sets there around 6:30 p.m. local time (12:30 p.m. BST) these days.
5) the northern lights
The coronavirus is perhaps the most aggressive nature, but it is the most peaceful nature.
This live feed comes from the province of Manitoba, Canada. If you visit it during the night there, you will see the northern lights in full flow, as our planet’s magnetic field interacts with charged particles from the Sun.
We just got out of the Northern Lights season, but it’s still pretty spectacular. There were swirls of green in the sky when we checked on Thursday.
(Random fact: other planets, including Neptune and Saturn, also have auroras.)
One of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the world is closed.
Italy has had the worst coronavirus epidemic and no country has reported as many deaths. As a result, Venice and the rest of the country have been subject to strict lockdowns for weeks.
As the live streams from various locations in Venice show, the cobbled streets are calm and the canals calm. So calm, in fact, that they are clearer than ever.
7) Gorillas in Africa
This stream – which works day and night – shows gorillas doing what the gorillas do best, at the GRACE Gorilla Conservation Center in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This is where around 300 eastern lowland gorillas live – about 8% of the world total – and it won’t take long to see one on camera. This live stream is one of many maintained by explore.org
(Random fact: gorillas share 98% of the human genetic code.)
Like Times Square in New York, Shibuya’s passage through the Japanese capital would normally be one of the busiest crossroads in the world. It’s quieter by the minute, but not deserted. And as this feed shows, people are doing a good job keeping their distance from each other.
9) Norway by train
Okay, this is not technically a live broadcast – it is a series of long pre-recorded videos spliced together, showing a scenic train trip between Bergen and Oslo.
It does not matter. As the train winds through fjords, lakes and forests in the snow, it’s incredibly soothing.
It’s perhaps the most spectacular live broadcast of all. It comes from the International Space Station, which travels about 17,000 mph (27,300 km / h) above our heads (and which you may have seen on a clear night).
You will witness a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes or so and play a guessing game on “which country am I flying over?” “
The live stream is only available when the space station is in contact with Earth – there is an occasional loss of signal, but it is not so common.