Coronavirus Outbreak: Confined to their homes, quarantined Italians sing together

Updated: Mar 15, 2020, 10:42 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

In the video, Italians can be seen singing the Canto della Verbena, a popular traditional folk song of Italy as the country paints a deserted look amidst coronavirus outbreak

A screen grab of the video shows deserted streets as citizens sing in unity amidst coronavirus outbreak
A screen grab of the video shows deserted streets as citizens sing in unity amidst coronavirus outbreak

Life has come to a standstill after the outbreak of coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city, spread to more than 100 countries, infecting over 1,20,000 people. A nationwide lockdown has been instituted in Italy, which has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths due to COVID-19. On March 11, the country shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

And now, a viral video showing the true spirit of Italians has taken the internet by storm. In the video that has gone viral, Italians can be seen singing in solidarity as they fight the contagious pandemic. Twitter user Valemercurii shared the heartwarming video with the caption: People of my hometown Siena sing a popular song from their houses along an empty street to warm their hearts during the Italian lockdown.

Valemercurii later informed that the song in the video is Canto della Verbena, a popular traditional folk song of Italy. The viral video, which has garnered over 5 million views and 1.5 lakh likes has generated all sorts of comments from Twitterati.

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One user wrote, "This is so beautiful I have tears in my eyes. What amazing voices and such heart," while another user commented, "Gotta love the Italians!" A third user said, "People breaking out in song, lifting each-other's spirits during this tragedy, is an act of striking beauty."

While some lauded the courage and spirit of the Italians, others said that the video brought tears in thier eyes. And it's just not Siena, people in Naples, Trapani and several parts of Italy are coming forward to show the spirit of humanity to fight coronavirus.

One user shared a video from Naples where people were singing in unity during the lockdown across the country. While in another video, a man can be seen playing a trumpet and entertaining crowd in Trapani. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a 'pandemic' and expressed deep concern.

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