The coronavirus has brought the entire world to a standstill.

The pandemic has been spreading at an alarming rate since it was first discovered in China, and thousands of people all around the world have now died from the deadly virus.

Italy has been in a complete lockdown for a week now due to the outbreak and recent images show the huge decline in pollution since the country announced this lockdown.

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We are currently in the midst of a pandemic.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that 6,526 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 171,000 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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The virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including here in America, the U.K, Italy, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There have been many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...

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But despite generous donations made to the cause, they have so far had no luck.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far, 1,016 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and thirty-one have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

Evidently, the coronavirus has been causing people all around the world to suffer from serious panic...

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And many are experiencing anxiety and worry over the impending doom the virus brings with it.

It's safe to say that the entire world has come to a stand-still...

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And after a series of outbreaks over the last few weeks, Italy made the decision to go into a complete lockdown.

Italy currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the entire of Europe...

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And the lockdown was announced by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, as a safety precaution to locals.

Italy is now the second most affected country next to China...

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Nobody is allowed to enter the country and residents have been urged to remain in their homes at all times.

Italy has been left deserted for the last week...

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And its empty streets aren't the only eery thing about this lockdown.

Satellite images have been released...

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The European Space Agency has released a "before and after" animation satellite image from Europe to highlight the changes since the lockdown was put in place.

The satellite imagery is from the last few months...

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The animated imagery, which is based on data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, shows the decline in air pollution over Italy between the 1st of January and the 11th of March 2020, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions.

The reduction in pollution is highly evident...

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And in a press release, the European Space Agency noted how the reduction was particularly visible in northern Italy, which "coincides with its nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus."

Experts are convinced the drop in pollution has been caused by the lack of human beings...

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Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission manager Claus Zehner said, "The decline in nitrogen dioxide emissions over the Po Valley in northern Italy is particularly evident. Although there could be slight variations in the data due to cloud cover and changing weather, we are very confident that the reduction in emissions that we can see coincides with the lockdown in Italy, causing less traffic and industrial activities."

These images are incredibly accurate...

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Josef Aschbacher, ESA's Director of Earth Observation Programmes, added, "Copernicus Sentinel-5P Tropomi is the most accurate instrument today that measures air pollution from space."

You can watch the fascinating footage here...

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