Corona virus: The water in Venice’s canals is clearer than ever

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Venice is like a ghost town – nature recovers

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Without the traffic of the tourist gondolas, the water in Venice's canals is now crystal clear

Without the traffic of the tourist gondolas, the water in Venice’s canals is now crystal clear

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The otherwise completely overcrowded city center of Venice is ghostly empty. The city has become a restricted area because of the corona virus. This affects the water in the canals.

SFor a few days Venice has been like a ghost town. After Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared Lombardy and 14 other areas a restricted area a week ago to curb the spread of the corona virus, the city center, which is otherwise overrun all year round, is also quarantined and is therefore almost deserted.

As painful as the lack of income is for all tourism-dependent industries (usually around 30 million tourists come annually), there is apparently also a positive aspect for the lagoon city in northern Italy. The otherwise heavily cloudy water in the canals is now crystal clear and clean like never before.

Many photos and videos on social networks such as the Facebook group “Venezia Pulita” (“clean Venice”) depict this pleasant side effect. Some of them even show small schools of fish. A Venetian writes: “Nature takes back what it belongs to.”

“The water now looks clearer because there is less traffic in the canals and the sediments remain on the ground,” said a city spokesman for the news channel CNN. More shipping also brings more sediments to the surface. He could not say whether the water quality had also improved. But the air quality has definitely improved.

Italy is the country most affected by the corona pandemic in Europe. In the meantime (as of Wednesday afternoon) over 31,000 people are infected, around 2,500 died. Public life in the country has largely come to a standstill.

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Writer Cristina Comencini

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