These Travel Destinations Identified As COVID-19 Red Zones

As the coronavirus continues to spread to more countries, and outbreaks accelerate in places like Germany and France, people around the world are staying inside.

The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down countries across the world, causing a significant decline in air pollution in major cities as countries implement stricter quarantines and travel restrictions. Major cities especially those popular travel spots are facing losses as more businesses close down and no tourists came by.

However, as for the environmental benefits we see from the slowdown of day-to-day life and economic activity in terms of improving air quality and other slight benefits, it’s a good sign that our ecosystems are somewhat resilient.

Here is a list of travel destinations that have been identified as COVID-19 Red Zones:

1. Netherlands

Think of the Netherlands, and you’ll inevitably think of tulips, the country’s most popular flower. And one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Netherlands showcases these and other spring bulbs in spectacular abundance.

Keukenhof, otherwise known as the “Garden of Europe,” is located on the outskirts of the town of Lisse in what’s widely considered the “bulb belt” of the Netherlands. The largest public garden in the world, encompassing more than 70 acres of what was once the former kitchen (or “keuken”) garden of a large country estate, Keukenhof displays more than 700 varieties of tulips.

However, due to COVID-19, it causes these flowers had to be destroyed because there were no buyers. Forecasts for the next weeks are even worse.

2. South Korea(Seoul)

Seoul, South Korea is a vibrant and exciting city, one that deftly combines ancient history with ultra-modern design and technology. The city is filled with a wide range of tourist attractions of all types, from outdoor adventures like exploring Mount Namsan and its surrounding park to indoor fun like visiting one of Seoul’s many museums.

Seoul is also a city of palaces, with five huge palace complexes located throughout the city and now restored to their former glory. Of course, it’s also known for its food, with a mouthwatering array of street food, Korean specialties like barbecue, and fine-dining options.

In Seoul, museums like the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art have closed, and political and cultural events throughout the country have been canceled. The economy might be affected because of the coronavirus outbreaks.

3. Japan

Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most popular tourist sites and amusement parks in Tokyo among both international and domestic tourists. Tokyo Disneyland is also called “Dreamland” (Yume-no-kuni in Japanese). You feel as if you were in the land of dreams, which isn’t Japan or any other country. People come to Tokyo Disneyland looking forward to meeting cute Disney characters, enjoying exciting attractions, watching shows and parades and tasting special food.

It’s not just Disney that’s taking this cautious stance. Other attractions in Japan have also been canceled or closed to prevent the spread of infection.

However, this could be the chance for the workers to participate to clean Disneyland thoroughly so that the place is well cleaned.

Empty square that is usually filled with visitors at Hong Kong Disneyland

4. Italy(Venice)

Sweeping through the heart of Venice in a giant reverse S curve, the Grand Canal is the principal boulevard through the city, connecting Piazza San MarcoRialto Bridge, and the arrival points of the rail station and bridge from the mainland. Palaces of all the leading families open onto the canal, their showy Venetian Gothic and Early Renaissance facades facing the water, by which visitors arrived.

Italy, which has become a center of the outbreak outside of China, has undergone some visual environmental changes without tourism. Venice’s typically murky waterways have turned clear since sediment remains on the ground without boat traffic.

5. Germany

Monumental sandstone Brandenburg Gate in Berlin’s Mitte district was the city’s first Neoclassical structure. Undoubtedly Berlin’s most iconic structure, it’s hard to believe that the majestic structure you see today was severely damaged during WWII and was also once part of the infamous Berlin Wall and, for a few decades, was symbolic of the division of Berlin into East and West.

A combination photo shows (top) the empty Brandenburg Gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and the same spot (bottom) before the pandemic.

6. United States

Situated between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the North American continent. Niagara Falls is actually three different falls, the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side while the others are located in New York. With more than 14 million visitors each year it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the USA and is ricocheting its way around the globe. But amid the fear and sickness, USA’s country-wide quarantine has had at least one uplifting consequence: Niagara Falls’s usually dark, fishes unseen have turned noticeably more clear. It is likely to come back to its nature.

7. Bangkok

Siam is widely known as the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, offering many large malls that are directly linked to the BTS station of the same name. An elevated walkway connects you to many more shopping options, including an open-air boulevard with hundreds of fashion boutiques, market stalls, and trendy cafés.

However, due to COVID-19 outbreaks, drastic prevention measures have caused a dramatic reduction in road traffic and industrial activity which may, in turn, have resulted in significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution.

This is Erawan Shrine before & after COVID-19 outbreaks.

Now, numerous countries around the world are in the beginning stages of managing their own outbreaks. While all the countries on this tracker are united behind a common goal – stamping out COVID-19 as soon as possible – each country has its own approach and unique challenges when it comes to keeping their population safe.

All countries globally are working together to curb the pandemic. What really matters is the need to be there for each other irrespective, of one’s nationality, religion, gender, caste or creed. So, it’s heartwarming to see that global leaders are joining hands, adopting customs, like the Indian way of greeting, namaste, to combat deadly the virus. China sent its medical experts and supplies to Italy to help them battle the virus. India sent a team of doctors to Iran, and these are just a few of the heartwarming ways countries are globally working on to curb the pandemic.