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Emin Özmen

An Istanbul city employee disinfects the streets of Beyoglu on April 14, 2020. Typically bustling with tourists intent on sampling its historic winehouses, museums, nightclubs and shops, the neighbourhood fell quiet at the start of the pandemic. Many cities initially tried to curb the spread of the coronavirus by spraying their walkways with disinfectant—a practice that the World Health Organisation ultimately recommended against, as the chemicals were likely to harm people’s health.


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