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'It's surreal' - Treviso's Irishman Ian McKinley on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected life in Italy

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Ian McKinley, pictured back in 2018, after an Italy rugby press conference  in Chicago, USA. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ian McKinley, pictured back in 2018, after an Italy rugby press conference in Chicago, USA. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Ian McKinley, pictured back in 2018, after an Italy rugby press conference in Chicago, USA. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ian McKinley surveys Treviso from his apartment window on the eighth floor but all he can see are deserted streets.

Stripped bare. Naked. Soon, singing will fill the silenced echoes of normal, daily life as the weekend approaches.

It is just after 8pm but this is now a place where no cars nor people go, where kids no longer play. He and his wife, Cordelia, have just returned from walking their dog, a now daily, blissful but brief, relief from life in lockdown.