Two days after Italy’s prime minister announced strict travel restrictions, he on Wednesday ordered almost all businesses to close as the number of infections and deaths from the novel coronavirus continued to rise in the country.
More than 2,3000 cases were reported in Italy alone on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infected people in the country to more than 12,000, according to The New York Times. 827 people have died from the virus in Italy, the site of the world’s second-largest outbreak outside China.
On Wednesday evening, President Trump announced he was restricting passenger travel from 26 European countries, including Italy, to the United States for 30 days starting Friday.
These photos show how desolate some of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions have become following the spread of the virus in the country of more than 60 million people: