Here's How The World Is Sanitizing Public Streets During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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Pisa, Italy

A worker carries out sanitation operations for the coronavirus emergency in Piazza dei Miracoli near to the Tower of Pisa in a deserted town in Pisa, Italy, March 17. The sanitization service is carried out by four teams in all the districts of the city of Pisa, to sanitize the squares, streets, public areas, sidewalks, and other surfaces exposed to the contact of large flows of people.

Washington, DC

A member of the cleaning crew cleans the podium at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 20.


A worker cleans a pedestrian conveyor belt in the Bundestag, March 25.

Niteroi, Brazil

Agents of the sanitary department clean streets and alleys of the Vila Ipiranga Favela in Niteroi, Brazil, March 25.

Suresnes, France

Employees of a cleaning company spray disinfectant on benches in Suresnes, France, a day after a strict lockdown came into effect in France to stop the spread of the coronavirus, March 18.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cleaning staff disinfect a metro carriage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 20.

Istanbul, Turkey

Workers spray disinfectant along a street inside the Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul, March 25.

Yangon, Myanmar

Staff use a water cannon to clean the Shwedagon Pagoda compound in Yangon, Myanmar, March 25.


A worker cleans the handrails inside a London Underground train car, March 25.


A worker washes the seating area along Circular Quay in Sydney, March 25.

Long Island, New York

A Long Island Rail Road employee disinfects a train car with an eco-friendly cleaner while at the Hicksville, New York, LIRR station, March 19.


South Korean soldiers wearing protective suits spray the street in the Gangnam district of Seoul, March 5.

Mexico City

Cleaning personnel spray disinfectant at the Central de Abasto wholesale market, the biggest food supply central in Mexico City, March 24.


A worker cleans the streets of Bogota as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus, March 23.

Rome, Italy

A worker drives a tanker truck spraying cleaning liquid to sanitize the Colosseum in Rome, March 24.


A civil worker disinfectants a shop as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus in Khan Yunis.

Damascus, Syria

A worker of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent carries out a cleaning operation in Damascus, March 21.

Sendai, Japan

A worker cleans an escalator in the Sendai railway station, March 21.

Lviv, Ukraine

Utility people wash the Ploshcha Rynok Square with a disinfectant, March 20.


Soldiers sweep the main road outside the Grand Palace, March 19.


Custodial workers from Orange County Public Schools use an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer to deep clean at Wetherbee Elementary School, March 18.

New Delhi

DTC cleaning staff chemically disinfect and sanitize Autorickshaws and taxi cabs at the Rajghat Cluster Bus Depot, March 19.

Rockville, Maryland

Staff and contractors work through the night to clean and disinfect public buses at the Montgomery County Division of Fleet Management Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operation Center in Rockville, Maryland, March 20. All of the county’s 378 buses are cleaned and disinfected every night in an effort to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.


A worker cleans a bench inside a metro station in Moscow, March 19.

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