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Look: The beaches are on a break




At the start of this new decade, forecasts claimed 2020 would be a flourishing year. Not until January dropped bombs here and there, from the Australian wildfires to the Taal volcanic eruption, and down-spiraled into one whole cataclysmic year in just three months (we rest our case, we are very tired) with the arrival of a 21st century pandemic, COVID-19. The outbreak was enough to cripple the global economy, putting the entire public health infrastructure as well as multiple industries, as a result of tightening lockdowns, closure of beaches, and strict home quarantine.

But there is an off-kilter yet comforting byproduct of the tourism slump—a peremptory chance for nature to recharge. Like the recent news of Venice currently basking in its crystal-clear waters, here’s what our top vacation spots, untethered from frolickers and pollution-driving human activities, look like while we are busy trying to quell the outbreak.

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay went into lockdown on March 18 as part of the General Community Quarantine in the municipality of Aklan. No people, pollution, diapers, or plastic water bottle in sight.

Credit belongs to : Manila Bulletin


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