(PHOTOS) Balconies around the world: The beauty and anguish of self-isolating

Staying alone in a small flat during lockdown is hard. I know. My 32 m2 Cape Town bachelors only have so many exciting corners. But people around the world are heading to their balconies to exercise, to chat with neighbours, to clap for frontline workers at night and to play music amid social distancing. 

Here are a few scenes from around the globe: 

Germany

A man plays the "Ode to Joy" on the trumpet on his balcony. Musicians all over Germany want to set a common signal in the Corona crisis with this action. In the fight against the spread of the novel corona virus, stricter rules now apply in Dresden for leaving the home. The police are controlling the limited curfew. 

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Johannes Weissenfeld, member of the german rowing eight, trains on the balcony of his apartment on March 21, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection continues to rise all sports events in Germany are being cancelled and all training facilities are closing temporarily. 

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MARCH 21: Johannes Weissenfeld

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UK

Residents of the Tulse Hill Estate in South London come out onto their balconies to applaud NHS staff fighting the virus on March 26, 2020 in London, England. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 20,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more.

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Greece

People chat on the balcony of the Stanley Hotel, where Greeks are staying after repatriation from Spain and Turkey in Athens, Greece.

People discuss at the balcony of the Stanley Hotel

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France

Family members clap from a window of their home in support of medical staff during the 13th day of lock-down ordered by the French government to combat the coronavirus in France on March 29, 2020 in Paris, France. 

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 27: People spend a lot of tim

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Italy

People spend a lot of time on balconies or looking out of windows due to quarantine restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Milan, Italy. The Italian government continues to enforce the nationwide lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 27: People spend a lot of tim

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MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 27: People spend a lot of tim

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Montenegro

A woman with a protective mask is seen at a balcony after the municipality declared lockdown due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tuzi, Montenegro.

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