Sun, sea, sand and space as coronavirus empties Asia’s beaches
Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
The picture in Bali is similar at other top Asia Pacific destinations such as Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Thailand’s Phuket.
“To stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, all the beaches in Kuta area closed for public,” reads a sign in Bali, Indonesia, the country with the highest coronavirus death toll in Asia after China, where the virus emerged…
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Some of Australia’s most popular and famous surf beaches – including Sydney’s Bondi and Manly – have been closed and fences erected to deter surfers and swimmers…
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From Thailand to Bali, a huge increase in tourists, many from China and other rapidly developing economies, is straining sensitive ecosystems to the breaking point. Some countries are trying to control the boom, with a few closing popular destinations to allow damaged areas to heal.