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Rozina Sabur is out on the eerily quiet streets of Washington DC ahead of the inauguration this morning. She writes:

Makeshift security checkpoints have been erected all around the city centre. Concrete blocks and National Guard troops block the public's access to most of the city's landmarks.

This is an Inauguration Day like no other. Where usually hundreds of thousands of people would be crowding the streets in celebration, today there is an eerie silence in the air.

This is of course partly due to the coronavirus pandemic - the public to stay away over safety concerns - but the austere atmosphere comes largely from the heavily militarised atmosphere in the city centre.

Some 25,000 National Guard troops have been activated in the Washington area after the January 6 attack on the Capitol, with the FBI warning of the potential for further violent protests today. Large parts of the city, including around the White House and the Capitol building, have been blocked off to the public.

The Telegraph's Washington bureau, like much of the downtown area, can only be accessed by passing through a secret service checkpoint. It appears the warnings to the American public to avoid the area have been heeded.

Walking around the chilly city this morning, The Telegraph could only spot one member of the public who had come out to mark the inauguration.

The man, who did not want to give his name, arrived draped in a Confederate flag and attempted to walk towards the White House, before turning back when he found his way blocked.

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