The empty centre of Rome during the Coronavirus emergency lockdown, Italy, 22 March 2020. Police and soldiers are being deployed across the country to ensure that citizens comply with the stay-at-home orders amid the national lockdown implemented in a bid to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. According to the Civil Protection agency, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Italy has risen to more than 47,000, while over 4,000 people have lost their lives to the disease in the Mediterranean country.