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A year after Italy became the first European country to impose a national lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the nation has fallen eerily quiet once again, with new restrictions imposed Monday in an effort to stop a third wave of infections that is threatening to wash over Europe and overwhelm its halting mass inoculation program.

A man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, walks past Rome's ancient Colosseum.Alessandra Tarantino/The Associated Press

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The deserted Piazza di Spagna in Rome, as three-quarters of Italians entered a strict lockdown as the government put in place restrictive measures to fight the rise of COVID-19 infections.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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Pigeons fly over Rome's Campo dei Fiori Square.Alessandra Tarantino/The Associated Press

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People walk in an empty street in downtown Rome.Cecilia Fabiano/The Associated Press

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People walk on the "Piazza della Rotonda" square in front of the Pantheon monument, in Rome.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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A municipal police officer controls a driver at Piazza Venezia square in Rome.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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The deserted Via del Corso in Rome, as three-quarters of Italians entered a strict lockdown as the government put in place restrictive measures to fight the rise of COVID-19 infections.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks past a closed cafe as Rome becomes a 'red zone', going into lockdown.YARA NARDI/Reuters

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Streets are almost empty in front of the ancient Colosseum in Rome.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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Trevi's Fountain is reflected in a window of a closed bar as Rome becomes a 'red zone', going into lockdown.YARA NARDI/Reuters

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