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'Ghost Town': Italy's Country-Wide Coronavirus Lockdown In Pictures

The once vibrant Italy has become a ghost town after the entire country was shut down and the government banned all public gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Italy is home to 60 million people and a hot spot for tourists, but recent photos of its empty streets have highlighted the severe impact coronavirus is having on the country.

The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain in Rome are normally littered with tourists all year round but the sites are now completely deserted as Italy battles rising cases of the disease.

The Colosseum in Rome before and after the lockdown. Image: Getty
A tourist wearing a respiratory mask walks past the closed Colosseum monument in Rome during the coronavirus lockdown. Image: Getty
General view of empty premises in Piazza Vittorio Veneto as Italy clamps down on public events and travel to halt the spread of the coronavirus in Turin, Italy. Image: Getty

Workers in cafes and shops, which are now only allowed to open between 6am and 6pm, have been photographed donning masks across the country.

The soccer-mad country has also cancelled after all top-flight Serie A football matches over coronavirus concerns.

Workers across the country wear protective masks as coronavirus cases mount. Image: Getty
A waiter wearing a respiratory mask in Milan. Image: Getty

Swimming pools, spas and wellness centres have been forced to shut their doors, with Italians home-bound in hopes to ward off the virus.

Italian schools are closed until April 3 to prevent students becoming infected.

Italy's churches empty after the government banned all public gatherings. Image: Getty
Ipurua stadium in Eibar while the Spanish league football match SD Eibar against Real Sociedad is played behind closed doors in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Image: Getty

Churches in the Catholic country have been permitted to stay open, but photos show many remain free of worshipers.

It comes after Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppi Conte advised residents to stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel on Tuesday.

The lockdown was issued after cases of the virus were confirmed in all Italian regions, with the country the second worst affected after China.

In a shop window of a jewellery shop on the border of Italy and Switzerland there is a replica of the head of Michelangelo's sculpture David with a mouthguard.  Image: Getty
The Pantheon in Rome before and after the lockdown. Image: Getty

Conte addressed young Italians on Tuesday who he said have gathered at night to drink and socialise during the public health emergency.

"This night life... we can't allow this anymore," Conte said.

"Our habits must change, must change now, we must all give up something for the good of Italy."

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