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In Pictures: Now and then – the difference 50 days makes in a locked down land

PA news agency photographers have revisited scenes they photographed at the height of the coronavirus restrictions.

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The concourse of London’s Waterloo station at noon today (right) and 50 days ago (PA)

The concourse of London’s Waterloo station at noon today (right) and 50 days ago (PA)

The concourse of London’s Waterloo station at noon today (right) and 50 days ago (PA)

Pictures taken by PA news agency photographers at noon on Thursday highlight that not much has changed in terms of people away from their homes even after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.

While the rainy weather in many parts of the UK would have discouraged some people, 50 days ago on April 22 it was the lockdown limits of only essential journeys and limited exercise that kept people inside.

Here we revisit some of those scenes:

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Little Ben, a cast iron miniature clock tower at the intersection of Vauxhall Bridge Road and Victoria Street in London’s Westminster, strikes noon on June 11… (Aaron Chown/PA)

Little Ben, a cast iron miniature clock tower at the intersection of Vauxhall Bridge Road and Victoria Street in London’s Westminster, strikes noon on June 11… (Aaron Chown/PA)

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Little Ben, a cast iron miniature clock tower at the intersection of Vauxhall Bridge Road and Victoria Street in London’s Westminster, strikes noon on June 11… (Aaron Chown/PA)

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…50 days ago on April 22, fewer people were at the busy junction outside Victoria Station to check the time (Aaron Chown/PA)

…50 days ago on April 22, fewer people were at the busy junction outside Victoria Station to check the time (Aaron Chown/PA)

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…50 days ago on April 22, fewer people were at the busy junction outside Victoria Station to check the time (Aaron Chown/PA)

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A popular riverside walk alongside the Thames near London’s Tower Bridge is deserted on a rainy Thursday midday… (Yui Mok/PA)

A popular riverside walk alongside the Thames near London’s Tower Bridge is deserted on a rainy Thursday midday… (Yui Mok/PA)

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A popular riverside walk alongside the Thames near London’s Tower Bridge is deserted on a rainy Thursday midday… (Yui Mok/PA)

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…just over seven weeks ago it was the lockdown restrictions rather than the weather keeping the usual crowds at home (Yui Mok/PA)

…just over seven weeks ago it was the lockdown restrictions rather than the weather keeping the usual crowds at home (Yui Mok/PA)

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…just over seven weeks ago it was the lockdown restrictions rather than the weather keeping the usual crowds at home (Yui Mok/PA)

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While the M5 looking south towards Devon still seems unusually quite for a weekday… (Ben Birchall/PA)

While the M5 looking south towards Devon still seems unusually quite for a weekday… (Ben Birchall/PA)

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While the M5 looking south towards Devon still seems unusually quite for a weekday… (Ben Birchall/PA)

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… it was practically deserted when we last visited (Ben Birchall/PA)

… it was practically deserted when we last visited (Ben Birchall/PA)

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… it was practically deserted when we last visited (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Work hasn’t stopped at the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow which has processed more than 200,000 coronavirus swabs… (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Work hasn’t stopped at the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow which has processed more than 200,000 coronavirus swabs… (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Work hasn’t stopped at the Lighthouse Laboratory in Glasgow which has processed more than 200,000 coronavirus swabs… (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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…50 days ago it was one of the first centres set up to analyse swabs taken from NHS staff and other frontline workers (Andrew Milligan/PA)

…50 days ago it was one of the first centres set up to analyse swabs taken from NHS staff and other frontline workers (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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…50 days ago it was one of the first centres set up to analyse swabs taken from NHS staff and other frontline workers (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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With city employees still working from home or furloughed, Reuters Square at midday is just as quiet… (Victoria Jones/PA)

With city employees still working from home or furloughed, Reuters Square at midday is just as quiet… (Victoria Jones/PA)

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With city employees still working from home or furloughed, Reuters Square at midday is just as quiet… (Victoria Jones/PA)

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…as it was in our April photograph (Victoria Jones/PA)

…as it was in our April photograph (Victoria Jones/PA)

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…as it was in our April photograph (Victoria Jones/PA)

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Social distancing measures have kept the number of MPs who can sit in the Commons at one time limited, but it was a busier chamber at noon on Thursday during business questions after the Conservatives ended remote voting… (House of Commons/PA)

Social distancing measures have kept the number of MPs who can sit in the Commons at one time limited, but it was a busier chamber at noon on Thursday during business questions after the Conservatives ended remote voting… (House of Commons/PA)

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Social distancing measures have kept the number of MPs who can sit in the Commons at one time limited, but it was a busier chamber at noon on Thursday during business questions after the Conservatives ended remote voting… (House of Commons/PA)

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…50 days ago it was a very different looking Prime Minister’s Questions, with Dominic Raab standing in for Boris Johnson after he became seriously ill with Covid-19 (House of Commons/PA)

…50 days ago it was a very different looking Prime Minister’s Questions, with Dominic Raab standing in for Boris Johnson after he became seriously ill with Covid-19 (House of Commons/PA)

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…50 days ago it was a very different looking Prime Minister’s Questions, with Dominic Raab standing in for Boris Johnson after he became seriously ill with Covid-19 (House of Commons/PA)

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Without the usual throngs of students and tourists, King’s Parade in Cambridge is still an eerie scene… (Joe Giddens/PA)

Without the usual throngs of students and tourists, King’s Parade in Cambridge is still an eerie scene… (Joe Giddens/PA)

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Without the usual throngs of students and tourists, King’s Parade in Cambridge is still an eerie scene… (Joe Giddens/PA)

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… on April 22 when the English lockdown measures were even tighter, blue skies were no temptation to be out and about (Joe Giddens/PA)

… on April 22 when the English lockdown measures were even tighter, blue skies were no temptation to be out and about (Joe Giddens/PA)

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… on April 22 when the English lockdown measures were even tighter, blue skies were no temptation to be out and about (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The easing of lockdown restrictions has encouraged more people back to commute once more, but the concourse of London’s Waterloo station was hardly bustling at noon… (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The easing of lockdown restrictions has encouraged more people back to commute once more, but the concourse of London’s Waterloo station was hardly bustling at noon… (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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The easing of lockdown restrictions has encouraged more people back to commute once more, but the concourse of London’s Waterloo station was hardly bustling at noon… (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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…although still busier than on April 22 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

…although still busier than on April 22 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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…although still busier than on April 22 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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The weather seems to have made no difference…

The weather seems to have made no difference…

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The weather seems to have made no difference…

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…to the popularity of Liverpool waterfront (Peter Byrne/PA)

…to the popularity of Liverpool waterfront (Peter Byrne/PA)

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…to the popularity of Liverpool waterfront (Peter Byrne/PA)

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In Newcastle the roads were notably busier… (Owen Humphreys/PA)

In Newcastle the roads were notably busier… (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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In Newcastle the roads were notably busier… (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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…with traffic, rather than pedestrians(Owen Humphreys/PA)

…with traffic, rather than pedestrians(Owen Humphreys/PA)

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…with traffic, rather than pedestrians(Owen Humphreys/PA)

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