Incredible drone shots show completely empty school playgrounds

Empty America: Incredible drone images reveal completely silent playgrounds at schools that have been closed to stop the spread of the pandemic

  • The images were taken at schools across the state of California on Tuesday
  • Nearly 99 per cent of the schools in the state are currently being shut down
  • It is unclear if they will be able to reopen before the start of summer break
  • California is among the hardest hit by coronavirus outbreak, with 17 deaths
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Incredible drone images show playgrounds left deserted as schools across the US close to slow the spread of coronavirus.   

The photos, taken at elementary schools across the state of California on Tuesday, come as millions of Americans begin to self-isolate.  

Nearly 99 per cent of the schools in the state of California are currently being shut down, affecting over 6 million students. 

It is unclear if they will be able to reopen before the start of summer break. 

An aerial view of the schoolyard at Frank McCoppin Elementary School on March 18, 2020, in San Francisco, California

An empty schoolyard at Ulloa Elementary School on March 18. The photos, taken at elementary schools across the state of California on Tuesday, come as millions of Americans begin to self-isolate

The schoolyard at Noriega Early Education School stands empty on March 18, 2020 in San Francisco, California

Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier this week that the schools might need to stay closed through the end of the academic year in response to the coronavirus emergency. 

A final decision on whether schools will be shuttered through June has not yet been made. 

Gov. Newsom said the rest of the schools in California will most likely start to shut down. Southern Trinity Joint Unified is one of the last districts to hold off on closing down entirely. 

The deserted playground at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in California. Governor Gavin Newsom said earlier this week that the schools might need to stay closed through the end of the academic year in response to the coronavirus emergency

Frank McCoppin Elementary School pictured on Wednesday. Gov. Newsom said the rest of the schools in California will most likely start to shut down. Southern Trinity Joint Unified is one of the last districts to hold off on closing down entirely

California, the nation’s most populous state, has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with 598 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, a 21% increase over the day before. 

At least 17 fatalities have been reported in California.

Modeling has shown that more than 60,000 homeless people could become ill with the coronavirus in the state over the next eight weeks, badly straining the healthcare system, the state governor said on Wednesday. 

An empty schoolyard at Ulloa Elementary School. California, the nation’s most populous state, has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak

Lawton Alternative School on March 18. The state of California has 598 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, a 21% increase over the day before

An aerial view of the empty schoolyard at Tenderloin Elementary School on March 18

Hospitalization rates for those infected with the flu-like disease was about 20%, creating a requirement for additional hospital beds that could quickly overwhelm hospitals if the modeled predictions come true, Governor Gavin Newsom said.

‘Over the next eight-week period, we have modeled that of the 108,000 unsheltered Californians that are out on the streets, if you had an attack rate of about 56%, you’re looking at 60-plus thousand individuals that may have COVID-19,’ Newsom, a Democrat, said in a Facebook address to the state.

President Donald Trump has described himself as a ‘war time’ president and has vowed the US will have ‘total victory’ over coronavirus as it has been confirmed that two members of congress have the virus.

Longfellow Elementary School on March 18 in San Francisco, California. Hospitalization rates for those infected with the flu-like disease was about 20%, creating a requirement for additional hospital beds that could quickly overwhelm hospitals if the modeled predictions come true, Governor Gavin Newsom said

Ulloa Elementary School. President Donald Trump has described himself as a ‘war time’ president and has vowed the US will have ‘total victory’ over coronavirus

Sunnyside Elementary School on March 18. It has been confirmed that two members of congress have the virus

An aerial view of the empty schoolyard at Francis Scott Key Elementary School on March 18, 2020 in San Francisco, California. The US are now preparing for an 18 month pandemic as the number of cases rises to more than 9,300 and over 150 deaths

The news comes as Trump announced new measures including the White House Coronavirus Plan which aims to send $2,000 to many Americans.

The US are now preparing for an 18 month pandemic as the number of cases rises to more than 9,300 and over 150 deaths.

Yesterday the President signed a coronavirus relief package that was passed by the US Senate by a vote of 90-8.

 

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