With the outbreak of COVID-19 and almost the entire planet on full lockdown, streets are empty, shops are closed and previously bustling cities have become ghost towns. While for most of us, it means excessive time to think and no end to the uncertainties being raised, our planet seems to be reveling in it. With fewer cars on the streets, most factories shut down and several major sources of pollution coming to a halt, many cities across the globe are seeing drastic decreases in air pollution levels.
From Madrid to Paris, air pollution has dropped by a whopping 50%, and according to a study from NASA, the northeastern states of America have seen a 30% decrease. Nitrogen Oxide levels in China have also reduced by 30%. And while you may want to question the numbers, you can't deny what you see with your own eyes. These 11 pictures show us places all over the world before and after the lockdown, so you can see the impact for yourself!