Fascinating NASA Images Reveal Drastic Decline In China's Pollution Problem After Coronavirus Shutdown

NASA has released a series of incredible satellite images which reveal how pollution in China has almost cleared following the coronavirus outbreak.

Factories across China have been forced to close as the country works to contain the deadly disease.

The space agency said while the decline in pollution can't be completely attributed to coronavirus, it is "at least partly" due to an economic slowdown prompted by the infection.

According to NASA, the drop in nitrogen dioxide levels was first noticed near the city of Wuhan -- which is the epicentre of the coronavirus -- but has since spread across the nation.

Nitrogen dioxide is a noxious gas emitted by motor vehicles and industrial facilities.

The images revealed by the space agency compare the first two months of the year with the same period in 2019.

The images reveal the stark contrast on pollution levels. Image: NASA Earth

China has recorded almost 80,000 cases of the coronavirus which has now spread to more than 50 countries and every continent -- aside from Antarctica.

There have been 3,000 deaths in China so far while Australia today reported its first death from the disease.