Photos: Italy’s busiest tourist spots have emptied out amid the coronavirus pandemic

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These two images show people walking around the Trevi Fountain in Rome in June 2017, top, and Wednesday, March 11, 2020.Andrew Medichini/Associated Press

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:

The Spanish Steps in Rome.Geraldine Hope Ghelli/Bloomberg
A street is nearly empty in downtown Naples.Alessandro Pone/LaPresse/Associated Press
A man ran along a deserted street with Mount Vesuvius in the background, in downtown Naples.Alessandro Pone/LaPresse/Associated Press
Piazza del Plebiscito square in downtown Naples.Alessandro Pone/LaPresse/Associated Press
Via San Gregorio Armeno, famous for its statuettes in downtown Naples.Alessandro Pone/LaPresse/Associated Press
A sign reading ‘Love trumps everything’ is pictured in Piazza Dante in Naples.CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images
A tourist took a selfie in front of the Castel Nuovo castle in Naples.CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images
Police guard the Trevi Fountain in Rome.Nadia Shira Cohen/The New York Times
Normally full of tourists, Piazza XXV Aprile is nearly empty in Milan.Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.Alessandro Grassani/The New York Times
A man carried chairs outside a cafe in the town of Codogno, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy.Claudio Furlan/LaPresse/Associated Press
Codogno, southeast of Milan.MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images
A woman took a selfie in front of the closed Pantheon monument in central Rome.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images
Piazza San Marco in Venice.MARCO SABADIN/AFP via Getty Images
An employee sprayed disinfectant in public areas near the arches of the Doge’s Palace in Venice.MARCO SABADIN/AFP via Getty Images
Ponte della Paglia in Venice.MARCO SABADIN/AFP via Getty Images
St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) and its Basilica (R) in Venice.MARCO SABADIN/AFP via Getty Images
A man was walking along the seafront near Castel dell’Ovo in Naples.CARLO HERMANN/AFP via Getty Images
A closed Colosseum monument in Rome.ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images
The Arch of Constantine (L) and a closed monument of the Colosseum in Rome.ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images
Piazzale Michelangelo shows the city of Florence, in Tuscany.CARLO BRESSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Amanda Kaufman can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.

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