The US Capitol and its surrounding areas have been turned into a military zone ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in wake of the Capitol Hill riots, which has shaken the country's confidence and put scrutiny on law enforcement and safety in Washington. Five people died in the clash.
As many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be deployed, and many of them will be armed. Moreover, the US Marshalls will deploy 4,000 officers from across the country in DC. As the National Mall has been closed to prevent any large gathering, the areas now bear a deserted look. On January 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be taking the oath.