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Traffic goes down, delivery goes up in Covid-19 São Paulo

Quarantine measures have left the country's biggest city eerily quiet, but delivery drivers are working around the clock

Traffic goes down, delivery goes up in Covid-19 São Paulo
Avenida Paulista, Monday morning. Photo: Roberto Parizotti/FP

A viral video on social media shows amazing drone footage from São Paulo’s city center on March 29, 2020. Unlike a normal Sunday, when places such as Avenida Paulista or the Minhocão overpass are filled with thousands of pedestrians, cyclists, or street performers, the video shows a truly deserted city. These scenes reminiscent of a zombie movie showed that São Paulo, the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere, has stopped after one week of quarantine. No traffic whatsoever … or almost anyone, for that matter.

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